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Council Bids Invited for Local e-Partnerships

eGov monitor Weekly

9 September 2002

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has invited councils to bid for a share of £26 million of funding for projects supporting the development of eGovernment partnerships between local authorities.

The Department also told eGov monitor Weekly today that there is "limited flexibility" to increase the amount if sufficiently high quality proposals are received.

The funding is part of £75m earmarked from the £675m committed by Ministers over three years to supporting local government online. In June this year some 64 partnerships were awarded a total of £47m from the first funding round to help take forward joint projects. A further £2m was provided by the Government for practical support and a national dissemination programme.

The ODPM has written to local authority chief executives announcing the second round of partnership funding for 2003/4 and inviting proposals by 30 January 2003. Partnerships that were awarded grants of £2m in the previous round will not be eligible for further funding in this round.

The ODPM will be holding information sessions in London tomorrow and on 9 January 2003 for those partnerships that are considering submitting proposals.

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