Apply for broadband competition round 2 for business events

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched round two of the broadband competition for event venues, which is now open to applicants until 2 March 2021.  

The scheme was launched in August 2019, as part of the Tourism Sector Deal and the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan, which aimed to improve broadband connectivity in event venues, enabling them to receive full fibre access.

This round is open to event venues with a minimum capacity of 250 delegates. Venues are allowed to demonstrate involvement in plans to bid for international events in the next five years, rather than the next year only (which was required during the first round of the competition). Applicants who applied for first round funding but were not successful and now feel they meet the new eligibility criteria are welcome to apply for second round funding by submitting a new application. All applicants will be treated equally and first round funding applications will not be considered or relevant.

Winners will receive a portion of the £200,000 fund (exact costs will vary per site). The upgraded connectivity will be in the form of a new full fibre gigabit capable infrastructure, which can support increased wifi capacity, more interactive content, and live streaming. 

If there are venues in your area which could benefit from the funding, please share this announcement with them.

Applicants can apply now using the application form. You can read the questions in advance (PDF).

The competition will be open for four weeks and close at 11:59pm on 2 March 2021

If you have any questions, please email broadband.competition@dcms.gov.uk.