The Department of Agriculture has released the FY 2023 solicitation for the Community Connect Grant Program.
Community Connect Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the broadband grant speed to all premises in rural, economically challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. The deployment of broadband services on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis stimulates economic development and provides enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas. This program focuses on:
Funds may be used for:
Eligible applicants are incorporated organizations; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; state and local governments; and any other legal entity, including a cooperative, private corporation, or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.
Funding: In FY 2023, approximately $79 million is expected to be available to support an unspecified number of awards ranging from $100,000 - $5 million through this program. Applicants must provide a match of 15 percent of the requested grant amount. The match must be in cash and can be used to fund operations or facilities of the project.
Applications are due by June 20, 2023.
Contact Information: For questions about the Community Connect Grant Program, contact one of the General Field Representatives(GFR) in your state. To find a GFR, visit the GFR contact map.