The Local Digital Fund was announced in July 2018 by the UK Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It aims to help local authorities implement the Local Digital Declaration by funding digital skills training and projects that address common local service challenges in common, reusable ways. The Fund will invest up to £7.5 million during financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20.
The Local Digital Fund is being used to:
- offer digital skills training to all signatories of the Local Digital Declaration, delivered by GDS Academy, for both leaders and delivery teams
- fund collaborative projects, through a bidding process open to all signatories of the Local Digital Declaration
Previous funding rounds
The Local Digital Fund is currently closed to applications for collaborative projects in local government. You can sign up to our fortnightly newsletter to receive updates on future rounds of funding and read about previous funding rounds below.
Project teams from rounds 2 and 3 were invited to apply for funding for their next project phase. The 6 successful projects were announced in March 2020.
Project teams from round 1 of the Local Digital Fund were invited to complete an application for further funding by 6 August 2019. Read about the 6 projects that have received further funding.
The 16 projects awarded funding in December 2018 have now been completed and their findings are shared on our website. Read about how we selected the projects in the first round of the Local Digital Fund.