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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Community Connect Grant Program

Deadline: March 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Connect Program is designed to provide financial assistance to provide service at Broadband Grant Speed in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be used to:
  • Deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses
  • Construct, acquire, or expand a community center
  • Equip a community center that provides free access to service at the Broadband Grant Speed to community residents for at least two years

Broadband services/speeds are detailed below:

  • Broadband Service means any terrestrial technology having the capacity to provide transmission facilities that enable subscribers of the service to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video at the minimum data rate of four megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream for both fixed and mobile service. Any portion of the proposed service area that is currently served with broadband service is ineligible to receive funding.
  • Broadband Grant Speed means the minimum data rate of ten megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream for both fixed and mobile service that an applicant must propose to deliver to every customer in the proposed funded service area in order for the USDA to approve a broadband grant.

Amount: A total of $10,000,000 is available to award up to 10 grants. Grants will range from $100,000-$3,000,000. Applicants must provide a match, in the form of cash, of 15% of the total amount of financial assistance being requested.

Eligibility: Incorporated organizations; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; state or local units of government; or cooperatives, private corporations, or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-connect-grants

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