Rural broadband internet grants up to $3 million
Funding Opportunity Number: RDRUS-CC-2021
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.863
Grant Deadline: Dec. 23, 2020
Bring broadband internet to rural communities
The Community Connect provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where service does not exist.
What this grant does for your agency
Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream are eligible.
Funds may be used for the construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for:
- All residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA)
- All participating critical community facilities (such as public schools, fire stations, and public libraries)
The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years.
Less than 10% of the grant amount or up to $150,000 may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public.
Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs.
Agencies awarded the USDA Community Connect Grants receive $100,000 to $3,000,000 in grant funding.
Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.
For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines. Eligible applicants include:
- Incorporated organizations
- Federally-recognized Tribes
- State and local units of government
- Any other legal entity, including cooperatives, private corporations, or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis
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Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 23, 2020.