USDA Community Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant

This just in from The National Association of Counties:

Counties Eligible for Rural Broadband Grants
by Hadi Sedigh on 6/28/2013 5:15 PM
Category: Telecommunications and Technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utility Service is now accepting grant applications for the Community Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program). The Community Connect Program, for which counties are eligible, serves rural communities where broadband service is not available. Applicants must define a proposed funded service area (PFSA) that is a single contiguous geographic area; it can cross multiple counties and cross state lines. All premises (households and businesses) in the service area must be offered service at the Broadband Grant Speed, which is 5 megabits per second (download plus upload speeds). $21 million in funds are available; $100,000 minimum and $3 million maximum for each grant. Grant recipients will be required to match at least 15 percent of the funding.

For those interested in submitting a grant application for the Community Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program, USDA is hosting a webinaron July 2 at 1:00 PM EDT that will highlight major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program. It will also provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful grant application. To register for the webinar, please contact Nicole Payne (Nicole.payne@wdc.usda.gov or 202-720-0667) or Carla Johnson (Carla.johnson2@wdc.usda.gov or 202-720-0667). Applications are due July 11. Click here for the application guide.

Contact: Yejin Jang yjang@naco.org 202.942.4239