Broadband Grants, Deadline Aug. 30

Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) is providing a grant opportunity to extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. The grant funds are available to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted.

The state has appropriated $20M for this grant program. Contact us for more information! To learn more about GFA please visit our website at https://gfa.tc.

Broadband Grants, Deadline Aug. 30

Community Connect Broadband Grants, Deadline Feb. 17

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to provide service at the Broadband Grant Speed in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be used to: (1) deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses, (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service at the Broadband Grant Speed to community residents for at least two years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for entities to serve all premises in eligible rural areas at the Broadband Grant Speed to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in urban and suburban communities.

Eligible Applicants: 
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Small businesses
State governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
County governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

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Community Connect Broadband Grants, Deadline Feb. 17

Community Connect Program, Deadline July 7

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.

Eligibility

The following entities are eligible for funding:

  • Incorporated Organizations;
  • Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(e);
  • State or local units of government; or
  • Cooperatives, private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Applications

The application window for the 2014 Fiscal Year Community Connect program is currently open. Applications must be submitted by July 7, 2014 in order to be considered for funding. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Fund Uses

Grant funds may be used to finance the following:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) and all participating Critical Community Facilities, including funding for up to 10 Computer Access Points to be used in the Community Center. Buildings constructed with grant funds must reside on property owned by the awardee. Leasing costs will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents;
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center and provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the Community Center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount. If a community center is constructed with grant funds, the center must reside on property owned by the awardee; and
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to the Critical Community Facilities for 2 years.

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Community Connect Program, Deadline July 7

Community Connect Program, Deadline July 11

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The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a ‘‘community-oriented connectivity’’ basis, with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services.

Eligibility

The following entities are eligible for funding:

  • Incorporated Organizations;
  • Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(e);
  • State or local units of government; or
  • Cooperatives, private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Applications

Applications for the 2013 Fiscal Year are now being accepted.

Fund Uses

Grant funds may be used to finance the following:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) and all participating Critical Community Facilities, including funding for up to 10 Computer Access Points to be used in the Community Center. Buildings constructed with grant funds must reside on property owned by the awardee. Leasing costs will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents;
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center and provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the Community Center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount. If a community center is constructed with grant funds, the center must reside on property owned by the awardee; and
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to the Critical Community Facilities for two years.

Contact us for more information!

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Community Connect Program, Deadline July 11

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline June 18

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.

Eligibility

The following entities are eligble for funding::

      • Incorporated Organizations
      • Indian Tribes or Tribal Organizations, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c).
      • State or local units of government, or
      • Cooperative, private corporations or limited liability companies, organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis

 

    Eligible areas include:

    • A single community with a population less than 20,000 which does not have Broadband Transmission Service

Applications

Applications for the 2012 Fiscal Year are now being accepted. Completed applications must be postmarked, hand delivered, or submitted through www.grants.gov by June 18, 2012 in order to be considered for funding.

Fund Uses

Funds may be used to build broadband infrastructure and establish a community center which offers free public access to broadband for two years.

Contact us for more information!

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline June 18

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist.

Grant funds may be utilized to:

  1. deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses,
  2. construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and
  3. equip and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to entities serving communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications service as are available in urban and suburban communities.
Funding Opportunity Number:     RDRUS-CC-2011
Current Closing Date for Applications:     May 03, 2011
Archive Date:     Jun 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Community Development
Expected Number of Awards:     300
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $25,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $1,500,000
Award Floor:     $50,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.863  —  Community Connect Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

Contact us for more information!

Community Connect Grant Program, Deadline May 3

Broadband Technology Deadline Extended

Recovery Act – Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

Original Closing Date for Applications:
Mar 15, 2010 NTIA has granted a limited extension of time to file infrastructure. Specifically, applicants for BTOP Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects will have until 5 p.m. EDT, March 26th to file their applications to NTIA. Applications in NTIA’s two other project categories – Public Computer Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption – remain due at 5 p.m. EDT, March 15th.

Current Closing Date for Applications:
Mar 15, 2010 NTIA has granted a limited extension of time to file infrastructure applications. Specifically, applicants for BTOP Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects will have until 5 p.m. EDT, March 26th to file their applications to NTIA. Applications in NTIA’s two other project categories – Public Computer Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption – remain due at 5 p.m. EDT, March 15th.

American Recovery and reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5 Stat 115 (2009)

Expected Number of Awards:
300

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,600,000,000
Award Ceiling: $150,000,000
Award Floor: $500,000

CFDA Number(s):
11.557 — Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Yes (20%, can be in-kind services)

The following entities are eligible to apply for assistance: (1) States, local governments, or any agency, subdivision, instrumentality, or political subdivision thereof; (2) The District of Columbia; (3) A territory or possession of the United States; (4) An Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. § 450b); (5) A native Hawaiian organization; (6) a non-profit foundation, a non-profit corporation, a non-profit institution, or a non profit association; (7) other non-profit entities; (8) for-profit corporations; (9) limited liability companies; and (10) cooperative or mutual organizations.

Agency Name
Department of Commerce
Description
BTOP provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. Through this support, BTOP will also advance the Recovery Act’s objectives to spur job creation and stimulate long-term economic growth and opportunity.

If you believe your community may benefit from a partnership arrangement, the website http://match.broadbandusa.gov/BTOPpartners/BPMhome.aspx is a way to contact service providers who may be interested in such an arrangement.

Broadband Technology Deadline Extended

Broadband Grants, Deadline March 15

The agencies announced the rules for this funding round in two separate but complementary Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) that promote each agency’s distinct objectives.

NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

NTIA’s NOFA allocates approximately $2.6 billion in this funding round of which approximately $2.35 billion will be made available for infrastructure projects. In this round, NTIA is adopting a “comprehensive communities” approach as its top priority in awarding infrastructure grants, focusing on middle mile broadband projects that connect key community anchor institutions – such as libraries, hospitals, community colleges, universities, and public safety institutions. Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects maximize the benefits of BTOP by leveraging resources, promoting sustainable community growth, and ultimately laying the foundation for reasonably priced broadband service to consumers and businesses.

In addition, NTIA plans to award at least $150 million of the funding for Public Computer Center projects, which will expand access to broadband service and enhance broadband capacity at public libraries, community colleges, and other institutions that service the general public. NTIA also plans to award at least $100 million for Sustainable Broadband Adoption projects, which include projects to provide broadband education, training, and equipment, particularly to vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized.

RUS’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

RUS’s NOFA allocates approximately $2.2 billion in this funding round for broadband infrastructure projects. A second funding window will open later which will provide grants for satellite service for premises that remain unserved after all other Recovery Act broadband funding is awarded, make Technical Assistance grants for developing plans using broadband for regional economic development, and grants to provide broadband service to rural libraries funded by USDA under the Recovery Act.

RUS will focus this round on last mile projects, which are anticipated to receive the vast majority of funding. RUS will also fund middle mile projects involving current RUS program participants. The first NOFA had two funding options – grants up to 100 percent in remote rural areas, and 50/50 loan/grant combinations in non-remote rural areas. In the second NOFA, RUS has eliminated this distinction and adopted a base 75/25 grant/loan combination for all projects. The new approach provides RUS with flexibility to seek a waiver if additional grant resources are needed for areas that are difficult to serve, and priority for those who seek lower grant levels. RUS believes this simplified and flexible funding strategy will promote rural economic development.

Separate NOFAs will allow applicants to apply directly to either program. RUS also eliminates the two-step process for BIP applicants to improve program efficiency. These changes will also add valuable time for applicants to focus on one specific program in preparing a more solid application.

Incorporated into the RUS NOFA is an opportunity for the reconsideration of BIP requests to provide viable applications with every chance for funding. There is also a second application review process during which RUS would allow an applicant to adjust its application to better meet program objectives and for the Administrator to provide discretionary points or to increase a grant component to meet rural economic objectives.

Public Workshops

Also today, NTIA and RUS announced a series of public workshops to review the application process and answer questions from prospective applicants. The workshops will be held in Portland, Ore.; Reno, Nev.; Denver, Colo.; San Antonio, Tex.; Eureka, Mo.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Detroit, Mich.; Blacksburg, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Interested parties can register for the workshops at www.broadbandusa.gov.

The agencies plan to accept applications from February 16, 2010, to March 15, 2010, and announce all awards by September 30, 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided a total of $7.2 billion to NTIA and RUS to fund projects that will expand access to and adoption of broadband services. Of that funding, NTIA will utilize $4.7 billion for grants to deploy broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas in the United States, expand public computer center capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. RUS will use $2.5 billion in budget authority to support grants and loans to facilitate broadband deployment in primarily rural communities.

Broadband Grants, Deadline March 15

Broadband Grants, Due Aug 14

A new opportunity for broadband grants was released this week from the US Department of Commerce:

BTOP provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. Through this support, BTOP will also advance the Recovery Act’s objectives to spur job creation and stimulate long-term economic growth and opportunity

The following entities are eligible to apply for assistance:
(1) States, local governments, or any agency, subdivision, instrumentality, or political subdivision thereof;
(2) The District of Columbia;
(3) A territory or possession of the United States;
(4) An Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. § 450b);
(5) A native Hawaiian organization;
(6) a non-profit foundation, a non-profit corporation, a non-profit institution, or a non profit association;
(7) other non-profit entities;
(8) for-profit corporations;
(9) limited liability companies; and
(10) cooperative or mutual organizations.

Roughly $1.6B has been aside for the program, contact us for more information!

Broadband Grants, Due Aug 14

Community Broadband Grants Due June 19

Attention Grant Seekers ~ Rural Development’s Community Connect program is now accepting applications!

The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis, with broadband transmission service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services. Rural Utilities Service will give priority to rural areas that it believes have the greatest need for broadband transmission services.

Only entities legally organized as one of the following are eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance:
a. An incorporated organization,
b. An Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c),
c. A state or local unit of government,
d. A cooperative, private corporation or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Individuals are not eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance directly.
Applicants must have the legal capacity and authority to own and operate the broadband facilities as proposed in its application, to enter into contracts and to otherwise comply with applicable federal statutes and regulations.

Please contact your client rep for more information about preparing an application!

Community Broadband Grants Due June 19