CLOSED: Rural Broadband Infrastructure (00RD17RB0001)

These grants are for capital investments in the creation of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure in rural areas of England where there is no NGA provision and none is planned.

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


For full details on the RDPE Growth Programme: Rural Broadband Infrastructure grant visit this page.


Project’s put forward under this call must cover the West Midlands, East Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, East of England and Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Up to £30,000,000 is available through this call. Minimum grant is £500,000. Grants are expected to be between £1m and £4m. See the handbook for more details.


Thursday 31 May 2018 at 23.59

How to apply

Local Authorities working with BDUK on the roll out of the Superfast Broadband programme can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants. There is a single stage application process. The Rural Payments Agency will assess all applications to see which ones best meet the criteria.

The handbook explains what applicants must do to apply for a grant, how grant applications are assessed and how to meet the terms of a grant funding offer if an application is successful.

Get a copy of the handbook by emailing RPA at

Contact details

If you have a question, please email RPA at

Call reference number: 00RD17RB0001

Published 13 October 2017
Last updated 1 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. This call has closed.
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