FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program
The Department of Agriculture released its solicitation for applications for the FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. Priority will be given to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services, based on program criteria.
Eligible applicants are incorporated organizations, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, states, units of local government, or any other legal entity. Applicants must define a contiguous geographic area, located entirely within a rural area, which Broadband Service does not exist and where the applicant proposes to offer service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers.
In FY 2021, an unspecified amount of funding is available to support awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million. Applicants must provide at least 15 percent of the requested award amount via nonfederal cash source.
Applications are due December 23, 2020.