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Broadband Technical Assistance

Open Date:

4/19/2023

Close Date:

6/20/2023

Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • Public Utility Entity
  • Small Business
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Bureau/Office

Rural Utilities Service

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Overview

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) administers federal programs that support the development and improvement of infrastructure in rural areas. To further the mission of expanding economic opportunities and improving the quality of life for rural residents, we invest across a broad range of sectors, including electric, renewable energy, and telecommunications.

The purpose of broadband technical assistance (BTA) is to encourage the expansion of broadband services in rural areas by awarding cooperative agreement funding to eligible entities. This funding supports the delivery of technical assistance and training to rural communities in need of broadband and rural broadband providers.

The types of activities BTA funding supports include project planning and community engagement, financial sustainability, environmental compliance, construction planning and engineering, accessing federal resources, and data collection and reporting.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - no match
Total Amount Available:
$20,000,000
Limit per Applicant:
$1,000,000
Estimated Awards:
25

Applicant Guidance

Please submit applications electronically through https://www.grants.gov. We will not accept paper or email submissions. To be considered for funding, your complete application must include all required forms, information, and supporting documentation.

In addition, the Agency encourages applicants to work with the Rural Partners Network. The Rural Partners Network is an all-of-government program that demonstrates to rural America that the federal government can work differently to serve their unique needs in a way this is community-centered and locally-driven. RPN is a recognition by the Biden Administration that it is time to do more for rural communities. Applicants to this funding opportunity are encouraged to include RPN Community Networks in their proposals by identifying Community Networks as collaborative partners or recipients of service.

 

Contact Information

Submit questions about this opportunity at the following link:

https://www.usda.gov/reconnect/contact-us

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