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Merit Event - North West Broadband Fund

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Ian Pickford, Northwest Development Agency has agreed to present details of the Northwest Broadband Fund. This programme is providing funding to support projects that will lead to increased use of …

Ian Pickford, Northwest Development Agency has agreed to present details of the Northwest Broadband Fund. This programme is providing funding to support projects that will lead to increased use of broadband based connections within the region.

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  • 1. Ian Pickford NW Broadband Fund: Project Manager Strategy Directorate North West Development Agency Tel : 01925 400251 [email_address]
  • 2. What is the NW Broadband Fund ?
    • £30 Million Fund from DTI Information Industries Directorate in conjunction with Office of E-Envoy
    • Regionally the fund is worth £2.68 Million to NW
    • Timing :
      • Started : 1st January 2002
      • Finishes : 31st March 2004
    • Objective :
      • Achieve connectivity to broadband for businesses and citizens
      • Demonstrate the benefits to businesses and citizens in order to promote better take up of the technology
    • Project Management : NWDA is fund holder
      • Overall responsibility – Phil Southward
      • Project Manager – Ian Pickford
  • 3. What has been achieved to date?
  • 4. What can the fund be spent on?
    • The fund is all currently revenue
    • Projects can however be :-
      • All revenue
      • All capital
      • Hybrid of capital and revenue
    • Compliant projects COULD be :-
      • Demonstrating e-commerce between businesses
      • Demonstrating e-learning – upskilling of individuals
      • Demonstrating e-communication – connecting people with services
      • Brokering the achieving of broadband connectivity
      • Delivering content software to facilitate broadband services
      • Telemedicine – Wiring up communities – e-Inclusion initiatives
    • NB : Broadband is defined for the purpose of this fund as sustainable connectivity rates of 512kbits/second or greater always on – Technology Neutral
  • 5. What is the process?#1
    • The sub regional studies and action plans must have been successfully completed
    • Projects driven by the sub regional action plan are created
    • Project application forms can be obtained from Ian Pickford via the web at the following address: www.nwda.co.uk
    • Submit projects either by the web or by post to Ian Pickford (01925 400251)
  • 6. What is the Process?#2
    • On receipt the projects will then be sent to the appropriate sub regional steering group and the regional panel members for their comments prior to appraisal by the regional panel
    • The regional panels will be held monthly commencing 27th June 2002 until all funding has been allocated
    • Submissions will be either rejected, approved or returned for modification prior to approval
    • Projects CAN be 100% funded but REAL CASH leverage WILL earn the project higher scoring at the regional panel stage!
  • 7. Benefits Package Accessing the Broadband service Needs analysis Identification of the software application or application service package Bespoke advice to business on how to obtain the benefit Implementation of services to deliver benefit including training
  • 8. Summary
    • Study & Action Plan Delivery
    • Create Innovative Action Plan Driven Project
    • Submit Project To NWDA
    • Comments Gathered From Local Steering Group
      • We advise you to work with this body throughout project creation stage – we will help introduce you!
    • Project is adjudged by Regional Panel
    • Project is approved/rejected or sent for modifications
    • Approved projects are allocated an NWDA project manager
    • Project is delivered on time, in budget and to specification
    • All bone-fide project expenses are re-imbursed