Community Broadband Scotland

Community Broadband Scotland

Eligibility for support

The scheme is open to groups of communities in areas that are unlikely to obtain superfast broadband through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme or via commercial rolll out.

Find out more about the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme here > 

Your local area

To be eligible, your local area must be designated as a broadband ‘not-spot’ for next generation broadband (NGA white area) or 'basic' broadband (basic white area).

This means:

  • areas where Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband services (30Mbps or more) are not available at affordable prices and there are no private sector plans to deliver such services in the next three years

  • areas where there is no basic broadband infrastructure (speeds below 24 Mbps), nor any investment plans by a private sector network operator to deliver such infrastructure within the next three years.

Who can apply?

A project to introduce broadband to an area should be led through community groups or organisations working together to co-ordinate efforts.

An application for grant should be submitted by the lead community, acting on behalf of the other communities involved.

To be eligible, community organisations must be community-led and community-controlled, with any profits reinvested back into project delivery.

An existing group or an unincorporated community organisation (such as an association or community council) can be supported by this scheme in the early stages.

However, to receive capital assistance in later stages, an approved community legal entity will need to be in place.

To confirm/check your group’s eligibility, you will need to liaise with the Community Broadband Scotland team who will then take guidance from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband team if there are any queries around the eligibility of the premises and postcodes to be served by your project.

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