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
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FederalClosedRural Community Development Initiative Grant Program (RCDI) U.S. Department of AgricultureRural Utilities ServiceRCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.PlanningTo improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.$6 million$6 millionGrantsMinimum grant award is $50,000; maximum grant award is $500,00 for FY2023
N/AYes50%Paper submissions due to Rural Development State Office July 3, 2023; Electronic submissions due June 28,20233-July-2023 (paper); 28-June-2023 (electronic)N/ANonprofits, TribalQualified private organizations, non-profit organizations, and public (including Tribal) intermediary organizations are eligible applicants. The recipient must be a nonprofit community-based housing and development organization, low-income rural community, or federally recognized tribe based on the RCDI definitions of these groups.Rural and rural area: any area other than a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.Planning (broadband feasibility) is the only broadband-related activity that is eligible (per NTIA). For example, the intermediary could provide training and technical assistance to recipients on developing a strategic plan for broadband deployment and could work with the recipients to develop job placement and training programs to supply distance education and telehealth. The intermediary would work with multiple recipients in helping communities recognize their connections to the greater regional and national economies.$1.6 million is set aside for counties experiencing persistent poverty N/AContact your Rural Development State Office:
https://rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities/rural-community-development-initiative-grantshttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=347930Fact Sheet: https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/fact-sheet/508_RD_FS_RHS_RuralCommunityDevInitiatives.pdf

Federal Register NOFA for FY2023: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2023-05-04/pdf/2023-09520.pdf
7/14/2023
FederalClosedNational Tribal Broadband GrantU.S. Department of the InteriorBureau of Indian AffairsThe National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG) provides the opportunity for tribes to receive funding to explore the possibility of developing or extending broadband services in their communities to spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for self-employment, enhance educational resources and remote learning opportunities and meet emergency and law enforcement needs.PlanningBroadband planning.TBDTBDGrants$100,000 to $175,000 based on previous funding rounds15 to 27 based on previous funding roundsNoN/AVaries Annually17-Nov-22N/ATribalFederally recognized Tribes.Any federally recognized Tribe.Feasibility studies for broadband deployment.N/ADennis Wilson, Division of Economic Development Grants Manager dennis.wilson@bia.gov 505-917-3235https://www.bia.gov/service/grants/ntbghttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343142https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-10/DOI_National%20Tribal%20Broadband%20Program_FY22_BBUSA%20%281%29.pdf7/28/2023
FederalClosedNative American Business Development Institute Grant (NABDI)U.S. Department of the InteriorBureau of Indian AffairsBy funding feasibility studies, the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) grant helps tribes weigh their risks to determine whether a project is worth pursuing and empower them to make informed decisions about their economic futures.PlanningBusiness feasibility studies.TBDTBDGrantsNo minimum or maximum, typical awards range from $25,000-$75,00020-35 in FY2022NoN/AVaries Annually27-Jun-22N/ATribalFederally recognized Tribes.Any federally recognized Tribe.Feasibility studies.N/ADennis Wilson, Division of Economic Development Grants Manager dennis.wilson@bia.gov 505-917-3235https://www.bia.gov/service/grants/nabdihttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339846https://www.bia.gov/service/grants/nabdi/apply-nabdi-grant7/28/2023
FederalClosedRebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)U.S. Department of TransportationTo invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. DeploymentSurface transportation infrastructure projects with a significant local or regional impact. Innovation and collaboration are emphasized.No more than $2,299,000,000No more than $2.299 billionGrants$5 million-$25 million: urban areas, $1 million-$25 million: rural areasN/AYes20%Varies Annually28-Feb-23N/AGovernmentsState, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, and other political subdivisions of state or local government.At least $115 million of the $2.299 billion will be allotted for project planning, preparation, or design projects. $35 million must be for projects that are in or that benefit areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged communities. No more than $345 million may be awarded to projects in a single state. There must be an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds and a balance between urban and rural areas.(1) highway, bridge, or other road projects; (2) public transportation projects ;(3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; (4) port infrastructure; (5) surface transportation for airports; (6) intermodal projects; (7) stormwater system rehabilitation; (8) improvements to surface transportation facilities located on Tribal land that are owned or maintained by the Federal Government.Standalone broadband deployment projects are ineligible.N/ARAISEgrants@dot.gov. 202-366-0301https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/aboutNOFO: https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2023-01/RAISE%202023%20NOFO%20Amendment%201_0.pdf
3/21/2023
FederalClosedInfrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA)U.S. Department of TransportationINFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden Administration's priorities including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology, and explicitly addressing climate change and racial equity.DeploymentInfrastructure buildout. $8,000,000,000 (total available FY22-FY26)$8,000,000,000 (total available FY22-FY26)Grants $5 million to $1.29 billion 40 estimatedYes40%Varies Annually21-Aug-23N/AGovernments, Tribal, nonprofitsDistrict organization, Indian tribes, local governments, non-profits, state governments.NationwideHighway and rail projects of regional and national significance.N/AINFRAgrants@dot.govhttps://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing/infra-grants/infrastructure-rebuilding-americaNOFO release anticipated in Spring 2023.

To help streamline the process for applicants, USDOT has combined the three applications for the MEGA, INFRA, and Rural Surface Transportation Grant (RURAL) programs into the one common application under the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG). FAQs about this process can be found at https://www.transportation.gov/grants/mpdg-frequently-asked-questions
7/29/2023
FederalClosedChoice Neighborhoods Planning GrantsU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentThe Choice Neighborhoods Grant Program supports the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focus on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods.  To achieve these core goals, communities must develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan.PlanningOne goal (among many) is that housing has affordable broadband Internet access.$10,000,000 $10 millionGrants$500,000 maximumAt least 20Yes5% cash or in-kind.Varies Annually6-Jun-232 yearsGovernments, Tribal, nonprofitsPublic housing authorities, Indian housing authorities, and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs); county, city, or township governments and Native American Tribal governments (Federally recognized); and nonprofits (other than institutions of higher education).Neighborhoods with at least 15% of the residents estimated to be in poverty or extremely low income. A needs assessment (including gaps in neighborhood services and assets); a comprehensive and integrated planning process; and site planning and conceptual architectural design work (among many more). Up to $150K of grant funds may be used for Early Action Activities (innovative solutions to neighborhood challenges).Proposal must target at least one severely distressed public or assisted-housing project.N/AMs. Mindy Turbov, Director of the Choice Neighborhoods Program, Office of Public Housing Investments
202-401–8812.
https://www.hud.gov/cnhttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333491NOFO for FY23: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY23ChoiceNeighborhoodsPlanningGrantNOFOFR-6700-N-38.pdf5/1/2023
FederalClosedRecompeteU.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development AdministrationThe Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) will invest in persistently distressed communities to create and connect people to good jobs. This program will create renewed economic opportunity by targeting areas where prime-age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, with the goal to close this gap through large, flexible investmentsStrategy, Workforce, Infrastructure, Predevelopment, Technical Assistance.Economic Development through workforce attraction, job creation and the enabling infrastructure investments.$200,000,000 $200MGrants$20 Planning Grants, 4-8 implementation investments.This is a pilot program.5-Oct-23The period of performance for a given Phase 1 Strategy Development project may vary depending on the scope of work. EDA expects that most projects will range from 18 to 36 months. EDA expects that all projects will proceed efficiently and expeditiously.Governments, Tribal, Economic Developmento   Eligible applicants include: (i) a unit of local government; (ii) the District of Columbia; (iii) a territory of the United States; (iv) a Tribal government; (v) political subdivisions of a State or other entity, including a special-purpose entity engaged in economic development activities; (vi) a public entity or nonprofit organization, acting in cooperation with the officials of a political subdivision of a State or other entity described in (v); (vii) an economic development district; and (viii) a coalition of any of the above entities that serve or are contained within an eligible geographic area.Investments must be located in one of two eligible area types, including meeting certain Prime-Age Employment Gap (PAEG) requirements. Both types of eligible areas are represented in the Mapping Tool. Recompete Eligibility Mapping Tool (anl.gov)Planning and implementation of a location specific strategy to support eh attraction and retention of high prime age (25-54 years) employees.Recompete@eda.govDistressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) | U.S. Economic Development AdministrationFunding Opportunity: FY 2023 Recompete Pilot Program - Phase 1 (site.com)Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) | U.S. Economic Development Administration7/14/2023
StateClosedCalifornia Library ConnectCalifornia State LibraryThe goal of this grant is to bring high-speed broadband to all California public libraries by connecting them to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN).

The funds are intended to enable libraries to connect to high-speed broadband and purchase the necessary network equipment to enable those connections to be utilized by library patrons.
Planning, Deployment, UtilizationFunding for libraries to connect to CalREN high-speed broadband network and necessary network equipment to allow patrons to connect. $6,000,000 $6MGrantsUp to $100,000 per library locationYesLocal match will vary and may be required based on Local Income Per Capita levels.  It is at the discretion of the State Library to modify or waive match funding.

No match for Special Construction or Hardship Grants.

Matches for all other grants:

LIPC Level 1 - 0%
LIPC Level 2 - 2.5%
LIPC Level 3 - 5%

In-kind matching is allowed.
RollingRolling Application DeadlineRolling award datesLibraries, Governments, EducationCalifornia public libraries that have an active contract with the Broadband Access Administrator and have submitted the required Letters of Agency to this administrator. Eligible California public libraryFirst year connection costs; Equipment to support connections; Consulting costs related to configuration and installation of equipment; Construction costs related to expansion of necessary infrastructure to make connectionsApplicants requesting a grant must meet ALL the criteria below:
Be a California public library with an active contract with the Broadband Access Administrator to participate
in a connection to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), operated by the Corporation for
Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

Have submitted the required Letters of Agency to the Broadband Access Administrator.

Intend to continue in the program.
admin@californialibraryconnect.orghttps://californialibraryconnect.org/clc-grant/https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/california_library_connectwww.californialibraryconnect.org
2022 Grant Program Guidelines: https://californialibraryconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Broadband-Grant-Guidance-2021-2022.pdf
11/17/2023Program Closed on November 13
StateClosedLocal Agency Technical AssistanceCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe technical assistance grant program provides funds to reimburse eligible local governments and Tribal entities for certain "pre-project" costs, or work that facilitates broadband network deployment projects to areas in need. Planning Grants may reimburse local agencies and Tribes for eligible costs such as environmental and engineering studies or reports; needs assessments, market studies, broadband strategic plans, and business plans; forming a joint powers authority; and consultant and community- based organization services.$50,000,000 $50 million GrantUp to $1 million per FYN/ANoN/ARollingApplications may be submitted at any time but are considered on a monthly basis. For example, the Commission begins accepting Local Agency Technical Assistance grant applications on August 1, 2022, for the August 2022 monthly application cycle. If the end of the monthly application cycle falls on a holiday or a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the close of the next business day.

On March 24, 2023 CPUC announced the LATA program would no longer accept applications from local agencies, as funding requests from non-tribal entities already exceeded the $45 million available.

On June 30, 2023 CPUC announced the LATA program would no longer accept applications from Tribal Local Agencies, as funding requests from Tribal entities already exceeded the $5 million available.
Local Agencies, TribalEligible local agencies mean any agency of local government authorized by law to provide broadband internet access service, including the following: a city; a county, including a county service area; a community service district; a public utility district; a municipal utility district; a joint powers authority; a local educational agency, as defined by Education Code section 47640; a sovereign tribal government; and an electrical cooperative as defined by Public Utilities Code section 2776.Areas containing unserved or underserved households and businesses.Pre-construction expenses to provide last-mile connections to unserved and underserved communities. Examples of reimbursable expenses:
Consultant or staff time for conducting needs assessments, environmental and engineering studies, network design, and broadband strategic plans.
Costs incurred in forming a joint powers authority for the purpose of bringing broadband to areas in need of sufficient Internet connections.
Awardees must preside over non-overlapping jurisdictions. Separate local agencies operating in the same geographic area may be considered through a Commission resolution process, must demonstrate collaboration with overlapped jurisdictions. 100/100 MbpsBroadband.TechAssist@cpuc.ca.govLocal Agency Technical AssistanceGrant Application
Local Agency Technical Assistance Outreach Instructional Content
Grant Administration Manual: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cpuc.ca.gov%2F-%2Fmedia%2Fcpuc-website%2Fdivisions%2Fcommunications-division%2Fdocuments%2Fbroadband-implementation-for-california%2Flata-grantee-manual-062822.pdf&data=05%7C01%7Claura.sasaki%40state.ca.gov%7C72111de4db904211894308da5af3be91%7C52b26be47f5d4e1cbaed8cf75b7570d5%7C0%7C0%7C637922300442219046%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=6AR9l0hKDa99qpmDhFLe7DuhhsbF7H2H%2F%2BtRiF138tI%3D&reserved=0,

Local Agency Technical Assistance Outreach Instruction Content: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cpuc.ca.gov%2F-%2Fmedia%2Fcpuc-website%2Fdivisions%2Fcommunications-division%2Fdocuments%2Fbroadband-implementation-for-california%2Flata-outreach-instructional-content.pdf&data=05%7C01%7Claura.sasaki%40state.ca.gov%7C72111de4db904211894308da5af3be91%7C52b26be47f5d4e1cbaed8cf75b7570d5%7C0%7C0%7C637922300442219046%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=FhIj9%2FTcP6Fy0TmvfqnIai5zv0ciPyzTjkj9yjsSlug%3D&reserved=0,

notarized Affidavit (submit with Application): https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cpuc.ca.gov%2F-%2Fmedia%2Fcpuc-website%2Fdivisions%2Fcommunications-division%2Fdocuments%2Fbroadband-implementation-for-california%2Flata-notarized-affidavit-062722-2.pdf&data=05%7C01%7Claura.sasaki%40state.ca.gov%7C72111de4db904211894308da5af3be91%7C52b26be47f5d4e1cbaed8cf75b7570d5%7C0%7C0%7C637922300442219046%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=CK%2FeSea%2BDgkUq5DQ%2BXwz0qvoQv6QxUS0kvIu1uU2WkQ%3D&reserved=0
11/17/2023
StateClosedCalifornia Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Infrastructure Grant AccountCalifornia Public Utilities CommissionCommunications DivisionThe Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account funds last-mile broadband infrastructure projects to connect unserved Californians with high-speed broadband service. InfrastructureThe goal of the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account is, no later than December 31, 2032, to approve funding for infrastructure projects that will provide broadband access to no less than 98 percent of California households in each consortia (multi-county) region of California.$32,769,000 $32.769 million for fiscal year 2023-2024Grant$25,000,000 per award, with a maximum cost per serviceable location of $24,700 for wireline projects, $4,500 for fixed wireless projectsVaries by project areaVaries by project areaAnnual1-Jun-23Companies, GovernmentsEntities with a CPCN, entities with a WIR, non-telephone corporations that are facilities based broadband providers (as defined by NTIA), local governmentsUnserved areas, defined as those without a facility-based broadband provider offering at least one tier of broadband service at speeds of at least 25/3 MbpsCosts directly related to the deployment of infrastructure;
Costs to lease access to property or for internet backhaul services for a
period not to exceed five years; and costs incurred by an existing facility-based broadband provider to
upgrade its existing facilities to provide for interconnection.
Additionally, administrative expenses directly related to the project shall be
capped at 10 percent of the grant amount.
100/20 MbpsCASF_Application_Questions@cpuc.ca.govCASF Broadband Infrastructure Grant Accounthttps://www.cpuc.ca.gov/industries-and-topics/internet-and-phone/broadband-implementation-for-california/loan-loss-reserve-fundProgram Guidelines Revised November 2022, updated May 2023: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/-/media/cpuc-website/divisions/communications-division/documents/casf-infrastructure-and-market-analysis/broadband-infrastructure-grant-account---landing-page/decision-docs/d2211023attachment-1casf-guidelinesw-coverheader053123.pdf

Draft CASF budget for FY2023-24: https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.cpuc.ca.gov%2FPublishedDocs%2FPublished%2FG000%2FM507%2FK986%2F507986944.docx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK
7/14/2023