Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF)

The Fund is now closed for new expression of interest applications. The third and final round under the existing programme closed on 17 June 2013.


The £20m Fund is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007 - 2013. The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and provides grants to communities to establish superfast broadband in hard-to-reach areas. The Fund is now closed under the existing programme.

Outcome of Round 3

If you have submitted an Expression of Interest under the third round, you should be notified of its outcome during August or September. Should your Expression of Interest be approved, you will be invited to submit a detailed Full Application, providing specifics of your proposed solution, and how it will be established and managed.

Future funding opportunites

Future European funding programmes are being developed and it is expected that support for broadband will be included. Announcements on any future funding arrangements will be made in due course.

Where can I go for additional information?

Approved projects when contracted can be found here.

If you have any questions relating to an existing expression of interest application or relating to the development of a full application, please contact your Local RDPE Delivery Team.


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