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Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP)

Grants to USA Tribal Governments, IHEs, and Organizations to
Expand Access to Internet Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

08/24/21

Deadline Date:

09/01/21 11:59 PM PDT - Online and email submissions or Postmarked by date

Description:

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Grants to USA Tribal governments, Tribal IHEs, and Tribal organizations and corporations to expand access to internet services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis. Applicants are advised that required registrations make take several weeks to complete. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program provides new federal funding for grants to eligible entities to expand access to and adoption of: (i) broadband service on Tribal Land; or (ii) for programs that promote the use of broadband to access remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic.

The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program makes grants available to eligible entities, which include a Tribal Government, a Tribal College or University, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Community, including Native Hawaiian Education Programs, a Tribal organization, or an Alaskan Native Corporation, for the deployment and adoption of broadband service on Tribal Land and for programs that promote the use of broadband to access remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic. Grant funds available under this program may be used for the following purposes:

(A) Broadband infrastructure deployment projects, including support for the establishment of carrier-neutral submarine cable landing stations; and

(B) Projects that promote the adoption and use of broadband services, including:

(i) affordable broadband programs, such as providing free or reduced-cost broadband service and preventing disconnection of existing broadband service;

(ii) distance learning;

(iii) telehealth;

(iv) digital inclusion efforts; and

(v) broadband adoption activities.

The purpose of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is to improve the quality of life, spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for remote employment and online entrepreneurship, remote learning, and telehealth by expanding broadband access and providing digital training and inclusion programs to Native American communities. In implementing and administering this grant program, NTIA will ensure that necessary investments are designed to provide an adequate minimum level of service and are unlikely to be made using private sources of funds.

Eligible Uses for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program

Section 905(c)(5) of the Act states that an eligible entity may use grant funds made available under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program for:

(A) broadband infrastructure deployment, including support for the establishment of carrier-neutral submarine cable landing stations;

(B) affordable broadband programs, including— (i) providing free or reduced-cost broadband service; and (ii) preventing disconnection of existing broadband service;

(C) distance learning;

(D) telehealth;

(E) digital inclusion efforts; and

(F) broadband adoption activities.

For Eligible Costs, see https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/NTIA.Tribal%20Broadband%20Connectivity%20Program.Final_.OMB%20Cleared.pdf#page=31.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196671

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$980,000,000

Number of Grants:

400

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $50,000,000
- Award Floor: $50,000

NTIA expects to make awards under this program within the following funding ranges:
- Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Projects: $1,000,000 to $50,000,000.
- Broadband Adoption and Use Projects: $50,000 to $2,500,000.

Term of Contract:

As established in section 905(c)(4)(B) of the Act, the award period for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is one year from the receipt of grant funds. Furthermore, section 905(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act requires an eligible entity to commit the funds in accordance with its approved application not later than 180 days after receiving grant funds under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Any grant funds not committed by an eligible entity by this deadline will revert to the general fund of the Treasury pursuant to section 905(c)(4)(A)(ii).

Extensions For Infrastructure Projects: The Assistant Secretary may extend the period required for the expenditure of funds under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program for an eligible entity that proposes to use the grant funds for construction of broadband infrastructure if the eligible entity certifies that:
(I) the eligible entity has a plan for use of the grant funds;
(II) the construction project is underway; or
(III) extenuating circumstances require an extension of time to allow the project to be completed.

Extensions for the expenditure of award funds are not available for Broadband Use and Adoption Projects. Accordingly, all Broadband Use and Adoption Projects funded pursuant to this NOFO must be completed with one year of an eligible entity receiving grant funds from NTIA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Section 905(a)(8) of the Act specifies the following entities as eligible to receive grants pursuant to the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program: (i) a Tribal Government; (ii) a Tribal College or University; (iii) the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Community, including Native Hawaiian Education Programs; (iv) a Tribal organization; or (v) an Alaska Native Corporation. There are several instances where applicants will need to obtain a Tribal Government Resolution. Each “eligible entity” must coordinate internally (which includes all departments, subsidiaries, etc.) in submitting its single application. In an instance where one “eligible entity” is a subsidiary of another (e.g., a Tribal Government and a subsidiary Tribal College or University), this shall not affect the subsidiary’s eligibility to submit its own application, so long as it includes the requisite Tribal Government Resolution. See Section C of this NOFO for additional information concerning the eligibility requirements for this program.

For Ineligible Costs for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, see https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/NTIA.Tribal%20Broadband%20Connectivity%20Program.Final_.OMB%20Cleared.pdf#page=33.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications submitted online through the Grants.gov system must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on September 1, 2021.
- Applications submitted by postal mail or by courier service must be postmarked (for postal mail) or show clear evidence of mailing (for courier submissions) no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on September 1, 2021.
- Applications submitted by electronic mail must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on September 1, 2021.

Complete application packages may be submitted: (i) electronically through www.grants.gov; (ii) through electronic mail; or (iii) by postal mail or courier. NTIA prefers that applicants use Grants.gov to submit their applications

NTIA expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by November 29, 2021. NTIA expects the earliest start date for awards under this NOFO to be December 13, 2021.

An applicant or recipient (as the case may be) is required to: (i) be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting its complete application packet; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency, unless otherwise excepted from these requirements pursuant to 2 C.F.R. § 25.110.
(a) DUNS Number: All applicants must supply a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applicants can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or via the Internet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
(b) System for Award Management: All applicants must register in the SAM before submitting a complete application packet.
Additionally, the applicant must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. Applicants can register for the SAM at https://www.sam.gov/.

Creating a Grants.gov account can be completed online in minutes, but DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization's registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entity's ability to meet required application submission deadlines. Complete organization instructions can be found on Grants.gov here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

Fact Sheet: https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2021/06/fact-sheet-biden-administration-offers-nearly-1-billion-grants-help

BroadbandUSA FAQs: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/about/frequently-asked-questions

Press Release: https://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2021/department-commerce-s-ntia-announces-nearly-1-billion-funding-expand-broadband

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333974

PCCD Informational Webinar for Prospective Applicants - Recording #1 - June 1, 2021: https://youtu.be/Kh1GmEm8HDQ

Webinar recording - June 3, 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bArCkOzfXVg

Contact Information:

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

Complete application packages may be submitted:
- Electronically through www.grants.gov (see Section D.10 of this NOFO for additional information on registration requirements for Grants.gov);
- Through electronic mail (email) to: broadbandusa@ntia.gov. Applications submitted by email should be machine-readable and should not be copy-protected; or by
- Postal mail or courier mail to the following address: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887, Attn: Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, Washington, DC 20230. Applications submitted by mail may be in hard copy (paper) or electronic (e.g., CD–ROM, disk, or thumb drive).

1. Please direct programmatic inquiries to:
Adam Geisler
National Tribal Government Liaison
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4887
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 631-1188
Email: adam.geisler@firstnet.gov

2. Please direct grant management inquiries to:
Nicola Bell
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Grants Management Division
1325 East West Highway, Room 9340, (SSMC2)
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone: (301) 628-1328
Email: Nicola.Bell@noaa.gov

3. Please direct media inquiries to:
Stephen F. Yusko
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Public Affairs
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4897
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-7002
Email: press@ntia.doc.gov

CFDA Number:

11.029

Funding or Pin Number:

NTIA-TBC-TBCPO-2021-2006948

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