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
Project funding – round 3 (now closed)
Councils were invited to apply to the Local Digital Fund by 16 September 2019. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Local Digital team and an external panel, with final approval from the Minister for Local Government. Award decisions will be announced in the week commencing 14 October 2019.
Project funding – round 2 (now closed)
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.