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Grants to USA State Governments Partnered with Broadband
Providers for Projects to Increase Broadband Availability

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U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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08/17/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA state governments collaborating with broadband service providers for projects to increase the availability of internet service across the country. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Priority will be given to projects serving rural areas.

In awarding grants under this program, the Assistant Secretary will give priority to applications for covered broadband projects as follows, in decreasing order of priority, as set forth in Section 905(d)(4) of the Act:

  1. Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area;
  2. Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service in an eligible service area that is wholly within any area other than:
    1. A county, city, or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants; and
    2. The urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town of more than 50,000 inhabitants;
  3. Covered broadband projects that are the most cost-effective, prioritizing such projects in areas that are the most rural;
  4. Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service with a download speed of not less than 100 megabits per second and an upload speed of not less than 20 megabits per second; and
  5. Any other covered broadband project that meets the requirements of this NOFO.

For examples of eligible uses of funds, see pp. 23-24 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196404

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NTIA expects to make awards under this program within the following funding range: $5,000,000 to $30,000,000.

This range is not a required minimum or maximum, but covered partnerships requesting amounts for projects outside of this range must provide a reasonable explanation for the variance in their project size.

Term of Contract:

NTIA expects the earliest start date for awards under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to be November 29, 2021.

The period of performance for grants issued pursuant to this program is one year, unless such period is otherwise extended in writing by the Grants Officer.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A covered partnership is eligible for a grant under the Broadband Infrastructure Program. The Act defines a covered partnership as a partnership between: (A) a State, or one or more political subdivisions of a State; and (B) a provider of fixed broadband service. A covered partnership may include more than one provider of fixed broadband service as part of its application. Additionally, a provider of fixed broadband service may participate in more than one covered partnership.

The governmental entity (either a State or a political subdivision of a State that must be included in a covered partnership) must serve as the lead applicant for the covered partnership and would enter into the grant agreement with NTIA and assume primary operational and financial responsibility for completing the project should an award be made.

A covered partnership may submit only one application for the Broadband Infrastructure Program.

For examples of ineligible costs, see pp. 24-25 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

NTIA is holding a series of webinars to further inform the public about the program.

NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 3a
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 2:30 PM

NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 3b
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 2:30 PM

NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 4a
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 2:30 PM

NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 4b
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Complete applications must be received by no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 17, 2021.

NTIA expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by November 15, 2021.

When developing the submission timeline, please keep in mind that: (1) all applicants are required to have current registrations in the electronic System for Award Management ( and; (2) the free annual registration process in generally takes between three (3) and five (5) business days but can take more than three weeks; and (3) applicants will receive e-mail notifications over a period of up to two (2) business days as the application moves through intermediate systems before the applicant learns via a validation or rejection notification whether a federal agency’s electronic system has received the application.

NTIA will not require a covered partnership applying for a grant under the Broadband Infrastructure Program to provide a cost match; however, NTIA will favorably consider applications that propose to contribute a non-federal cost share of at least 10 percent of the total eligible costs of a project.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please direct programmatic inquiries to:

Jennifer Duane
Senior Broadband Program Specialist
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4874
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-2048

Please direct grant management inquiries to:

Dean Iwasaki
NIST Grants Officer
Grants Management Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, MS 1650
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1650
Phone: (301) 975-8449

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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