The second WiFi4EU call for applications took place from 4 to 5 April 2019. More than 10,000 municipalities across Europe have applied for a €15,000 voucher.
With a call budget of EUR 51 million, the Commission will distribute 3,400 vouchers across European municipalities to set up a free Wi-Fi network in public spaces.
Response from municipalities to the second WiFi4EU call has been fantastic. Close to 4,000 municipalities applied within the first 10 seconds of the opening of the call on 4 April. By the closure of the application period on 5 April, the Commission had received over 10,000 applications from all participating countries out of the 23,000 registered municipalities. The number of applications is almost three times the amount of vouchers available.
The first WiFi4EU call, which took place in November 2018, was hugely successful and granted 2,800 vouchers to municipalities from all across Europe.
The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is €120 million between 2018 and 2020. The WiFi4EU voucher provides a fixed amount of funding of €15,000 per municipality aimed to support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life, such as town halls, public libraries, museums, public parks or squares to provide free Wi-Fi access to the internet to their citizens and visitors.