Funding opportunities

State and federal funding is available to support:

  • Broadband deployment
  • Adoption
  • Digital literacy planning and implementation

Funding programs that have an annual cycle will display the current fiscal year open and close dates.

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State or FederalProgram StatusProgram NameAdministering AgencyProgram DivisionPurposeFunding PurposeProgram PurposeAvailable Funding Funding Type of AwardSize of AwardNumber of AwardsMatchMatch RequirementFunding CyclesApplication Due/Filing Window ClosesDates of Awards and
Period of Performance
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State OpenCalifornia LifeLineCPUC, in conjunction with FCCCommunications DivisionTo offset the costs of wireless and home phone serviceAdoptionTo offset the costs of wireless and home phone service.Updated annuallyUpdated annuallySubsidyMonthly service connection discount of up to $17.90; may be combined with federal subsidy of $9.25.NoNoAnnual renewalContinuousIncome-qualified individualsIncome-qualified individuals or individuals that participate in other qualifying programs.N/AMonthly service connections and activation fees
StateOpenCalifornia Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Adoption Account California Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe Broadband Adoption Account provides grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as grants for digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption.Adoption, Digital EquityTo provide broadband adoption or digital equity grants for digital literacy and broadband access projects. $20,024,000 $20.024 million for fiscal year 2023-2024Grant$150,000 maximum in previous funding cyclesYes15%Applications may be submitted at any time. However, staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch, until all funds have been awarded.

Application Cycle Deadlines:

January 1, 2024; July 1, 2024; January 1, 2025;
And every January 1 and July 1 thereafter, until funds are exhausted.
Application Cycle Deadlines:

January 1, 2024; July 1, 2024; January 1, 2025
Governments, Libraries, Education, Senior Centers, nonprofits, Community OrganizationsLocal governments, senior centers, schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations with programs to increase publicly available or after school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as digital literacy training programs are eligible to apply for grants.Alli. Education and outreach efforts (including travel, up to 10% of grant amount) and materials.
ii. Acceptable computing devices (does not include smartphones) within budgetary limits and inclusive of computer.
iii. Software (inclusive of licensing for online platforms).
iv. Printers.
v. Network routers, switches, modems, and cabling deployed for the purpose of establishing a space for broadband access or digital literacy that connects to an existing in-building broadband network such as Wi-Fi (inside network).
vi. Mobile hotspots, only when no inside network is available.
vii. Provision of technical support for the installation of equipment subsidized through this program or technical support for the equipment for the duration of the project subsidized through this program.
viii. Desks and chairs to furnish a designated space for training/access.
ix. Gathering, preparing, creating and distributing digital literacy curriculum (for Digital Literacy projects).
x. Digital literacy instructors or staffing for monitoring the designated space or staffing for call centers.
xi. Reimbursement for administrative costs is limited to administrative costs representing 15% or less of the overall proposed budget. of Application Process: CASF budget for FY2023-24: List of Proposed Projects:
StateOpenTribal Technical AssistanceCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionCalifornia Tribes interested in technical assistance to pursue improved communications (for example, voice and broadband) to serve Tribal communities can apply for these grants to develop market studies, feasibility studies and business plans. The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) has funds available to support Tribal broadband needs and increase access.PlanningGrants to assist California Tribes in developing market studies, feasibilities studies, and/or business plans, to improve internet and communications systems.$5,000,000 $5 millionGrantsUp to $150,000NoN/AApplications may be submitted at any time. However, CD will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch and quarterly for processing.

October 1
January 1
April 1
July 1
QuarterlyTribalCalifornia Tribes with or without federal recognition, that demonstrate Tribal leadership support are eligible for technical assistance grants.Reservations, trust lands and surrounding areasMarket studies, feasibilities studies, and/or business plans which support Tribes in their pursuit of improved communications.N/ Program FAQs: Fact sheet:
StateOpenCalifornia Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Public Housing AccountCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe Broadband Public Housing Account provides funding for inside wiring projects that will offer broadband access to low income communities at no cost to residents of those communities.Adoption, Digital Equity, InfrastructureTo provide free broadband access in California publicly supported housing and low-income communities.$15,000,000 $15 million for fiscal year 2023-2024Grant$150,000 maximum in previous funding cyclesNoNoApplications may be submitted at any time. However, staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch. Deadlines:

January 1, 2024
July 1, 2024

And every January 1 and July 1 thereafter, until funds are exhausted.
Application Cycle Deadlines:
January 1, 2024
July 1, 2024
Grantees shall start projects within 30 days upon grant
approval and complete the project execution within a 12-month timeframe.
Publicly-Supported Housing Developments, Farmworker Housing, and other housing developments serving low-income communities.Publicly supported housing developments and farmworker housing are eligible to apply for grants. Low-income communities that otherwise meet eligibility requirements and comply with program requirements established by CPUC may also apply, including other housing developments or mobile home parks with low-income residents.Publicly served and farmworker housing developments that do not currently have access to qualified broadband service of at least 25/3 Mbps.All broadband networking equipment (hardware and software),
wireless access points, wireless bridge(s), modem(s), switches,
router(s), and firewall(s) for network security but not personal
computers, laptops, handheld or human interface devices.

Low voltage contracting work including the installation of inside
wiring, network cabinets, NEMA boxes, conduits, patch panels, cable
tray or ladders, and other cabling requirements to provide power and
connectivity for the broadband network equipment funded as part of
the project.

Broadband network engineering and designing documentation.

Hardware warranty of broadband network equipment as needed. Installation, provisioning, and configuration labor costs at the
Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE), MDFs (Main Distribution Frame),
IDFs (Intermediate Distribution Frame), WAPs (Wireless Access Point),
Wireless Bridges such as P2P and P2MP (Point to Point and Point to
Multi-point) Radios, Switched Ethernet, and xDSL (Digital Subscriber
Line) modems.

Taxes, shipping and insurance costs (if applicable) that are directly
related to broadband network equipment deployed under the BPHA.
Major rehabilitation, demolition or construction work will not be funded. Ruling:

Rules and Guidelines:

Draft CASF budget for FY2023-24:
StateOpenCalifornia Advanced Services Fund: Line Extension ProgramCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe Line Extension Program awards infrastructure grants to an individual household and/or property owner to offset the costs of connecting a household or property to an existing or proposed facility-based broadband provider.InfrastructureGrants to offset the costs of connecting a household or property to an existing or proposed broadband provider.$688,000 $688,000 for Fiscal Year 2023-2024
GrantA maximum of $500 for Fixed Wireless in previous funding cycles

A maximum of $9,300 for Wireline installations in previous funding cycles
NoNoRollingRollingIndividualsCustomer residing at the location to be served. All
recipients of the LEP grant must meet the income-based requirements.
Location lacking access to a broadband service connectionCosts of connecting the eligible applicant to existing or new facilities-based internet Requirements:

Draft CASF budget for FY2023-24:
StateOpenCalifornia Teleconnect FundCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) program provides a 50% discount on advanced communication services (including Internet access and broadband services) to qualifying K–12 schools, libraries, community colleges, government-owned hospitals/health clinics, and community-based organizations.
Adoption, UtilizationProvides 50% discount on broadband and internet service for qualifying schools, libraries, community colleges, government hospitals/clinics, community-based organizations, and other entities. $108,296,000 $108.296 millionSubsidy50% of approved service costsN/ANoN/ARollingRollingLibraries, Education, Tribal, Governments, Healthcare CTF Program categorizes applicants (and participants) into seven distinct groups:
schools, libraries, community colleges, government hospitals/clinics, CBOs, healthcare
CBOs, and 2-1-1 providers. Each category has different eligibility requirements.
Internet access and broadband servicesThe CPUC requires all existing California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) participants to periodically recertify their eligibility.Entities participating in the CTF Program should email to update their contact information in order to receive important information and notifications on maintaining eligibility and discounts.

For general application inquiries before submitting an application, please direct them to or call Amy Lau at (415) 696-7310.

If you have submitted an application and are inquiring about its status, please direct them to or call Ligia Serpas at (415) 703-4332.

For participant recertification inquiries, please direct them to or call Joanne Leung at (415) 703-1149.

Carriers and service providers can direct inquiries to or contact Wylen Lai at (415) 703-2616.
StateOpenInfrastructure State Revolving Fund Loan ProgramCalifornia Infrastructure and Economic Development BankTo provide financial assistance and support infrastructure and economic development in California.DeploymentFinance public infrastructure and private development that promote a healthy climate for jobs, contribute to a strong economy and improve the quality of life in California communities.Revolving loans and bond financingLoans or bondsN/AN/ANoNo but ISRF financing may serve as a matching fund for other financingOngoingOpenGovernments, nonprofitsThe applicant may be any subdivision of a state or local government, including departments, agencies, commissions, cities, counties, nonprofit corporations formed on behalf of an applicant, special districts, assessment districts, and joint powers authorities.CaliforniaAll or any part of the cost of construction, renovation, acquisition of all lands, structures, real or personal property, rights, rights of way, franchises, licenses, easements, and the cost of machinery and equipment. Moeller - 1325 J Street, Suite 1300, Sacramento, CA 95814
FederalOpenCommunity Facilities Direct Loan & Grant ProgramU.S. Department of AgricultureRural Utilities ServiceThis program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.DeploymentDirect loans and grants for the construction and improvement of connectivity to essential community facilities.TBDTBDGrants, LoansThe maximum amount of a guaranteed loan is $100 millionN/AYesVariableRolling applicationsRollingN/AGovernments, nonprofits, TribalPublic bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, federally recognized tribes.Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns including federally recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data.The purchase, construction, and improvement of essential community facilities, the purchase of equipment, and related project expenses. Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment are considered essential community facilities.N/AContact the applicable state office: The term facility refers to both the physical structure financed and the resulting service.
FederalAnnualPIH Capital FundU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPublic and Indian HousingThe Capital Fund program provides grant funds to PHAs [Public Housing Authorities] annually via a formula. For computer internet connectivity, PHAs have used Capital Funds to update buildings to support broadband internet and Wi-Fi.DeploymentInstalling and upgrading broadband infrastructure; purchasing and installing Wi-Fi extenders, routers, etc. TBDTBDGrantsN/AN/ANoN/AApplicants should contact their Public Housing Agency for information.Awaiting final certification reviewN/AGovernmentsPublic Housing AgenciesNationwideEligible costs include modernizing buildings to support broadband internet and installing or upgrading broadband infrastructure—cables, fiber optics, or wiring, including in individual units—and purchasing and installing such equipment as directional antennae, satellite/cellular receivers, Wi-Fi extenders, routers, hotspots, and modems. N/ADavid Fleischman, the Director of the Office of Capital Improvements, can be reached at: (202) 402-2071. Capital Fund Processing Information: funding increased the Capital Fund and expanded its uses related to the internet.

Capital Fund Guidance for FY2023 Grant Awards:

FY2023 Award Amounts: Accessing and Completing the Capital Fund B&U Certification in IMS/PIC:
FederalAnnualE-RateFederal Communications CommissionUniversal Service Administrative Company (USAC)The FCC's E-Rate program makes telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries by discounting telecommunications, internet access, and internal connections.Deployment, AdoptionBroadband connections and equipment purchasing support for schools and libraries.$4,768,000,000 Determined annually, $4.768 billion cap for FY2023Subsidy20-90% discountN/AN/AN/AAnnuallyRollingN/AEducation, Tribal, Governments, LibrariesEligible schools, school districts, libraries, and tribal libraries, or a consortium of such. There are no geographic restrictions or eligibility requirements for this program.Specific eligible costs are published each year, but generally include data transmission services, internet access, internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic maintenance of internal connections.N/A(888) 203-8100 Public Notice:
FederalAnnualRural Health Care Program - Healthcare Connect FundFederal Communications CommissionUniversal Service Administrative Company (USAC)The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program provides a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses for eligible rural healthcare providers (HCPs).Deployment, AdoptionProvides financial assistance to eligible healthcare providers for broadband services.$682,361,586 $682 million annually, adjusted for inflation (combined with Telecommunications Program)Subsidy65% discount on eligible expensesN/ANoN/AAnnually1-May-24N/ANonprofits, HealthcareNon-profit or public entities located in rural areas that are one of the following types of facilities: teaching hospitals, medical schools, local health departments and agencies, community mental health centers, nonprofit hospitals, rural health clinics, skilled nursing facilities, healthcare provider consortiums.Rural areasBroadband services, network equipment, and healthcare provider constructed and owned networks.N/A800-453-1546, rhc-assist@usac.org March 8, 2023, the FCC released FCC Order DA 23-189, extending the deadline for the FY2023 Application Filing Window to May 1, 2023:

On May 24, the FCC issued a public notice confirming the unused $211.5 million in funding from FY2022 will carry forward to FY2023: Information for FY2024 RHC Applicants:
FederalAwaiting RulesDigital Equity Competitive Grant ProgramU.S. Department of CommerceNational Telecommunications and Information Administration$1.25 billion discretionary grant program distributed via annual grant programs over 5 years to implement digital equity projects.Adoption, UtilizationTo expand access and adoption of broadband among vulnerable populations and others.$1,250,000,000 $1.25 billionGrantsTBDTBDTBDTBDOne Time GrantTBDAnnual funding cycles for 5 yearsGovernments, nonprofits, companiesPublic and private entities other than those that receive allocations from the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program. NTIA will prioritize projects that represent geographically diverse regions.Digital inclusion activities; digital navigators; workforce training programs; low-cost devices; and deployment of public broadband.Must coordinate with state as part of the application process/materialsN/AOffice of Internet Connectivity and Growth, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230, Phone: (202) 482-5802 window expected to open in mid-2024 to 2025 - after State Digital Equity Capacity Grants are issued.
Digital Equity Act Programs Overview:
FederalOpenTelecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees ProgramU.S. Department of AgricultureRural Utilities ServiceThis program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.DeploymentInfrastructure buildout in rural areas.Dependent on funding typeDependent on funding typeLoans, Loan Guarantees$50,000 minimumN/ANoN/ARollingRollingN/ACompanies, nonprofits, Tribal, GovernmentsState and local governmental entities; federally recognized tribes; non-profits, including cooperatives, limited dividend or mutual associations; for-profit businesses (must be a corporation or limited liability company).Rural areas and towns with a population of 5,000 or less that don't have telecommunications facilities or where the applicant is the recognized telecommunications provider.Application expenses are not eligible.
Loans can be used to finance telecommunications in rural areas for improvements, expansions, construction, acquisitions, and refinancing.
25/3 MbpsFor questions about the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, please call the Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800. (
FederalOpenLifelineFederal Communications CommissionUniversal Service Administrative Company (USAC)Provides a discount on phone and broadband service for qualifying low-income households to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that those services bring, including being able to connect to jobs, family, and emergency services.AdoptionMonthly benefit of up to $9.25 towards phone or internet services for eligible subscribers (up to $34.25 for those living on Tribal lands).$2,572,862,300 $2.57 billionSubsidy$9.25 per month per subscriberN/AN/AN/ARolling/OngoingRollingRolling basisCompaniesProviders of voice and broadband service, either wireless or wireline, designated as "eligible telecommunications carriers."NationwideConsumers' monthly costs for phone and broadband service.25/3 MbpsFCC Telecommunications Access Policy Division: 202-418-7400 or LifelineProgram@usac.org is no NOFO. For further information:
FederalAnnualCommunity Development Block Grants (CDBG)U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentThe Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.DeploymentInfrastructure installation in new or substantially rehabilitated HUD-funded multifamily rental housing is required.TBDTBDGrantsVariesN/ANoN/AApplicants should contact their local CDBG programs for application deadlinesVariesN/AGovernmentsUrban "entitlement" jurisdictions, which are generally cities = or > 50,000 and counties = or > 200,000, receive funds based on a formula. Other jurisdictions, including most rural areas, can apply for and receive funds available to "non-entitlement" jurisdictions. Those grants are distributed by the State Small Cities CDBG programs. Certain Alaskan, Aleut, or Eskimo tribes and Alaskan Native Villages can apply directly to their HUD field offices.CDBG funds may be used for broadband and telecommunications projects, including such infrastructure improvements as the installation of wiring, fiber-optic cables, and distribution lines. Other eligible activities include digital literacy classes and economic development grants and loans to for-profit businesses, particularly businesses that focus on broadband internet access and technology. N/ACheck with city, county, or state governments HUD Proposed Rule: Proposed Rule Factsheet: Proposed Rule FAQs:
FederalAnnualPIH Operating FundU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPublic and Indian HousingPHAs may use Operating Funds to provide computer internet services to residents of public housing both in their units and in common areas. HUD has allowed PHAs to use Operating Funds to cover costs of computer internet service for computer labs and for PHA operation and management.AdoptionInternet services and computer labs.$4,500,000,000 $4.5 billionGrantsN/AN/ANoN/AApplicants should contact their Public Housing Agency for information.1-Jun-23VariesGovernmentsPublic Housing AgenciesNationwideEligible costs include providing computer internet services, including computer labs, to residents of public housing in their units and in common areas. Other eligible costs include the maintenance of PHA-purchased broadband equipment and wiring; Wi-Fi network equipment; satellite/cellular receivers; and in-unit routers, hotspots, and modems. N/AREAC - Technical Assistance Center 1-888-245-4860 REAC_TAX@hud.gov N/ACOVID-19 funding increased the Capital Fund and expanded its uses related to the internet.

FY2023 Schedule: