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BIL Opportunity: State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program

Open Date:


Close Date:

7/12/2022 for State, Puerto Rico (PR), and District of Columbia (DC) applications; 7/12/2022 for Other Territory and Tribal government Letters of Intent; Other Territory and Tribal government Applications Due TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

Upcoming Webinar

When: Jun 2, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time

Topic: Internet for All Webinar Series – NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar: Digital Equity Act Programs Application Process

Description: This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the Digital Equity Act Programs. It’s meant to help states, territories, and tribes understand the application process. This webinar will provide applicants with technical assistance and prepare them to write high-quality applications.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $65 billion to expand high-speed internet service. It funds programs that support planning, infrastructure, and adoption efforts. Programs promote digital equity and inclusion. Our goal is for everyone to have the skills and access they need to get connected.

To register: https://ntia-gov.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_XeM2OTLyQjy_XWEZuBMPSg

Eligible Recipients:

  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy


Funded by:

U.S. Department of Commerce


The State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program provides $60 million to fund States, DC, Territories, and Tribal entities development of a Digital Equity Plan, which must be completed and submitted to NTIA within one year of award. Such plans must include elements outlined in the statute and the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program is part of the larger State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, the purpose of which is to promote the achievement of digital equity, support digital inclusion activities, and build capacity for efforts by States, DC, Territories, and Tribal entities relating to the adoption of broadband by residents of those States, DC, Territories, and Tribal entities. These eligible entities interested in participating in the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program must first complete a State Digital Equity Plan, as contemplated in Section 60304(c) of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, Public Law 117-58, 135 Stat. 429 (November 15, 2021) (Infrastructure Act or Act), also commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Territories and Tribal entities also may apply for funding from the State Digital Equity programs, using processes set out in the State Digital Equity Planning Grant NOFO.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Grant awards to States are formula-based and will depend on the number and characteristics of States that apply. Amounts available to the non-State entities described above will be based on the criteria outlined in this NOFO and, in the case of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities and Native Hawaiian organizations, will depend on the total number of applicants.
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Angela Thi Bennett, Director of Digital Equity
Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-2048
[email protected]

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