Borders £50k broadband fund up for grabs

Monday September 11th 2023

GoFurther Fund Launch

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A Berwickshire-founded broadband provider has issued a final call for charitable and community projects across the Scottish Borders to apply to its new £50,000 fund.

With the deadline of 22nd September, GoFibre through the GoFurther Fund is looking to support charitable projects which meet any of the relevant criteria, including supporting the creation of work experience opportunities, developing skills and the local economy, promoting good health and well-being or actively tackling climate change and contributing to net zero targets in the Scottish Borders.

Up to £3,000 of funding is available for each successful recipient.

GoFibre is the trading name for Borderlink Broadband, which was founded in 2017 in the Berwickshire town of Duns, to address the need for faster broadband in rural areas.

So far, applications submitted to the fund have ranged from homelessness charities and green initiatives to projects supporting young people and their mental health.

More than 9,000 premises across Galashiels, Kelso, Coldstream and St Boswells are already able to sign up and instantly benefit from GoFibre’s future-proof digital connectivity.

Further construction is underway in Hawick, Jedburgh, Duns, Eyemouth and Selkirk, which, when complete, will be able to connect approximately 27,000 more local residents and businesses to the power of full fibre.

Sam Calvert, chief revenue officer at GoFibre said: “As the first call for applications for our GoFurther Fund reaches its close, it has been fantastic to receive submissions from many worthwhile projects and initiatives who play a key part within their local community.

“These are communities that we have come to know well as our work continues across Scotland, so we understand how much this support can make a difference. Thank you to everyone who has applied so far, and if you know of an organisation who would benefit from some extra support, please do get in touch or apply.”

Organisations have until 22nd September to submit their applications. More information on the funding criteria and how to apply is available at

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