USDA Community Connect Grants

Rural broadband internet grants up to $3 million

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

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.

Grant Eligibility

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 Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 23, 2020.

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Apply for the USDA Community Connect Grants