What is it?
The Community Wi-Fi Scheme has been set up to enable local communities to provide a public Wi-Fi service via their community hubs with support from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF).
Our aim is to encourage and support communities to make use of the upgraded infrastructure being installed by the Superfast Essex Programme. The scheme is aimed at but not limited to community hubs enabled to access superfast broadband.
The scheme could help existing groups using community hubs to be better engaged online, or provide additional value to the venue for future prospective users looking for somewhere to hire.
A Community Hub is a community facility such as a village hall, community centre, or parish hall, run as a charity or on a ‘not for profit’ basis, that is available to the public to use and hire in a particular area for community-related recreational activities. This excludes halls only available primarily for one exclusive use such as pre-schools, members clubs etc.
Community hubs can buy a broadband service from APC Solutions or County Broadband who are approved suppliers under our scheme. Initial set up costs will be supported by CIF and community hubs will subsequently need to pay a monthly service charge.
The CIF is a small grants scheme funded by Essex County Council, designed to fund community projects.
Money from the CIF has been set aside for the scheme to help community hubs pay for the setup costs of a Wi-Fi service as offered by the two operators under this scheme (only). Up to £400 can be claimed per community hub.
More information on CIF and application forms for funding for the Community Wi-Fi scheme can be found on the CIF
website at www.essex.gov.uk/CIF or via the links below.
Guidance Notes CIF-Wi-Fi Scheme 2016-17.pdf
>Community Wi-Fi Application 2016-17.doc
For more information on the Community Wi-Fi Scheme and its suppliers view the digital brochure by clicking the image below: