Applying to the Local Digital Fund

The Local Digital Fund is opening to new applications for collaborative digital projects in local government. The ‘Local Digital Fund Prospectus – 2019/20’ published on GOV.UK details the revised assessment criteria for applications and further information.


Round 2 – 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 2 September 2019, subject to ministerial approval.


Round 3 – funding new projects


Applications are now open

Councils are invited to complete their applications for the Local Digital Fund on this website. A maximum of 2 applications can be made by each council to lead on Local Digital Fund projects.


Template application forms

The application forms are provided in Word and Google format below. Please use these documents as a template to begin completing your application. The application forms will be available to complete on our website soon.


Applications close – 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.


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.

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