Applying to the Local Digital Fund

Applications to the Local Digital Fund are now closed.  The ‘Local Digital Fund Prospectus – 2019/20’ published on GOV.UK details the revised assessment criteria for applications and further information.


Round 2 – applications are now closed


Supporting projects from round 1

The 16 projects awarded funding in December 2018 have now been completed and their findings are shared on our website. The project teams were invited to complete an application for further funding and award decisions will be announced in the week commencing 9 September 2019, subject to ministerial approval.


Round 3 – applications are now closed


Funding new projects

Councils were invited to apply to the Local Digital Fund by 5.00pm, 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.


Questions about applying

If you have a question about an application to the Local Digital Fund, you can contact the Local Digital team at

To help all applicants, previously answered questions are available to view here.


Finding partner organisations

All project applications will need to include at least 3 partner local authorities that have signed the Local Digital Declaration. If you have an idea that you would like to take forward, there are various channels and networks through which you can attract potential partners.

The Local Digital team have created optional guidance on finding potential partner organisations for collaborative projects.