The WiFi4EU programme, set-up by the European Commission, provides funding to support the installation of Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life. Funding is available for municipalities, public sector bodies and local authorities enabling them to equip public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries and health centres with free access Wi-Fi hot-spots across the EU, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.
€120 Million funding is released in 5 stages between 2018 to 2020. Each successful applicant will receive a voucher of €15,000 to help support the financing of a public space Wi-Fi project – either a new project or existing upgrading equipment.
The first call launched on 15th May in 2018 when registered municipalities could apply for the first 1,000 WiFi4EU vouchers. The vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with a minimum of 15 vouchers allocated per country. Once the winners are announced, the municipalities can select a registered supplier to work with on the 18-month installation of the WiFi4EU project.
As a supplier if you wish to be considered as a participant in WiFi4EU you must register via a dedicated portal. Suppliers will need to indicate the areas where they are available to offer equipment and installation.
Each municipality will need to register to take part in each call via a dedicated portal. Municipalities can only benefit from one voucher for the entire duration of the initiative.