Local Digital Fund

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 for both leaders and delivery teams. Please note, due to the Coronavirus, classroom-based training is currently on hold. In the meantime, we have developed a library of online training courses for local authority staff.
  • 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 funding – round 4

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 funding – round 3

All councils that have signed the Local Digital Declaration were invited to apply to the Local Digital Fund by 16 September 2019. The 7 successful projects were awarded funding in October 2019.

Project funding – round 2

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.

Project funding – round 1

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.