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National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG)

Open Date:

8/17/2022

Close Date:

10/17/2022

Eligible Recipients:

  • Native/Tribal Entity

Program Purpose:

Economic Development

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Upcoming Milestones:

Funded by:

U.S. Department of the Interior

Overview

The Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) is soliciting proposals from federally recognized Indian Tribes listed as Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs at 87 FR 4636 (January 28, 2022) for NTBG grants. Indian Tribes are referred to using the term “Tribe” throughout this notice. The grant funding is to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for deployment or expansion of high-speed internet (broadband) transmitted, variously, through DSL, cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite and BPL.
NTBG grants may be used to fund an assessment of the current broadband services, if any, that are available to an applicant’s community; an engineering assessment of new or expanded broadband services; an estimate of the cost of building or expanding a broadband network; a determination of the transmission medium(s) that will be employed; identification of potential funding and/or financing for the network; and consideration of financial and practical risks associated with developing a broadband network.
The purpose of the NTBG is to improve the quality of life, 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 by bringing broadband services to Native American communities that lack them. Feasibility studies funded through NTBG will assist Tribes to make informed decisions regarding deployment or expansion of broadband in their communities.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – no match
Total Amount Available:
$2,700,000
Limit per Applicant:
$175,000
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Jo Metcalfe
[email protected]

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