Local Digital Fund

About the Local Digital Fund

The Local Digital Fund 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 was introduced in July 2018 by the then UK Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak, of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

How the Local Digital Fund supports local government

Collaborative projects

All signatories of the Local Digital Declaration are invited to apply for funding to support collaborative digital projects. In addition to funding, successful projects receive dedicated support from the Local Digital Collaboration Unit.

Outputs from successful completed projects are made available on our website for other local authorities to reuse and adopt.

The Local Digital Fund is now open for applications in its fifth round of funding. Read more about the latest round and previous funding rounds below.

Digital skills training

All signatories of the Local Digital Declaration can access digital skills training for both leaders and delivery teams.

Please note that 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.

Funding rounds

Round 5

Round 5 of the Local Digital Fund is now open for applications from council-led digital projects. In this latest open round, we’re inviting local authorities to submit proposals for alpha and beta projects across two thematic areas: development platforms and software.

Applications open on 6 September 2021 and close on 26 September 2021 at 11:59pm.

Read the Round 5 prospectus

The Continuous Funding Model

Total funding awarded: £3,595,000
In February 2021 we announced the move to a more flexible model of funding local government digital projects, known as the Continuous Funding Model. Projects from previous rounds of the Local Digital Fund and the C-19 Challenge were invited to apply and funding was awarded to 15 projects.

Read the CFM Prospectus.

C-19 Challenge

Total funding awarded: £800,000
In July 2020, local authorities in England were invited to apply for funding to support data and digital projects to help with their COVID-19 recovery and renewal efforts. Read about the 11 projects that were awarded funding.

Read the C-19 Challenge Prospectus.

Round 4

Total funding awarded: £1,200,000
In March 2020, project teams from Rounds 2 and 3 were invited to apply for funding for their next project phase. Read about the 6 projects that were awarded funding.

Round 3

Total funding awarded: £524,300
In September 2019, all councils that signed the Local Digital Declaration were invited to apply to the third round of the Local Digital Fund. Read about the 7 projects that were awarded funding.

Round 2

Total funding awarded: £753,095
In August 2019, project teams from Round 1 of the Local Digital Fund were invited to complete an application for further funding. Read about the 6 projects that were awarded funding.

Round 1

Total funding awarded: £1,251,492
In December 2018, funding was awarded to 16 projects through the first round of the Local Digital Fund. Read about the 16 projects and find out how they were selected.