Program Description

The purpose of this program is to encourage community-oriented connectivity by providing grants to eligible applicants who will deploy broadband transmission service in rural communities where such service does not currently exist; who will connect all critical community facilities such as local schools, education centers, libraries, hospitals, health care providers, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations, fire, and rescue services, as well as residents and businesses; and who will operate a community center which provides free and open access to area residents. This is accomplished by providing grant funds to eligible entities through a competitive award process. Detailed information on this program may be found at:

General Program Requirements

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must: (a) be legally organized as an incorporated organization, an Indian tribe or tribal organization, a state or local unit of government, or other legal entity, including cooperatives or private corporations or limited liability companies organized on a for profit or not-for profit basis, and (b) 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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The program opens under funding windows established under a NOFA/NOSA process annually. Pre-application costs are not eligible, costs incurred after submittal of an application may be eligible. The standard project period is 3 years.

Applications are competitively selected each fiscal year for which funding is made available.

Additional information may be found at:

Program Contact Information

Shawn Arner
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Loan Origination and Approval Division

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.863
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)1,000-1,500 per year.
Length of Program3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?States, U.S. Territories, U.S. local governments, Private for-profit entities, Private non-profit entities, Other non-tribal/non-native entities
Tribes Funded by this ProgramVaries on a yearly basis, in recent years, approximately 50% of grant awards made were to serve tribal areas.

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