American Rescue Plan Act – Section 603

American Rescue Plan Act – Section 603

The American Rescue Plan Act § 602 provides a total of $350 billion to eligible states, territories, and tribal governments. Funds are available until 2024 and are to be used for “necessary investments” in “water, sewer, broadband infrastructure.” Of that $350 billion, the total allocated to Missouri is $5.475 billion (combining the allocations at the…

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

The NTIA Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program provides $285 million in total to eligible recipients in anchor communities for the purchase of broadband internet access service or any eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel. Funds can be used for devices, service, adoption/digital literacy and hiring/training technology personnel (not infrastructure). It is…

Community Connect Grants

Community Connect Grants

Community Connect Grants offers funding to eligible applicants that will construct broadband networks that provide service on a community-oriented connectivity basis in rural areas. Specifically, funds will be used for the construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for residential and business, and essential community facilities (such…

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program – NTIA

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program – NTIA

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant program provides $1 billion to expand broadband adoption and deployment on tribal lands, as well as to support distance learning, remote work, and telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is open to tribal governments, tribal organizations, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on behalf of the…

ReConnect Program

ReConnect Program

The ReConnect Program offers unique federal financing and funding options in the form of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America that don’t currently have sufficient access to broadband, defined by the law as 10 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. This program will generate…

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program

Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program

This program provides loan guarantees to eligible lenders to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a public improvement, operated on a non-profit basis, needed for the orderly development of a rural community where the rural community is a city or town, or its equivalent county or multi-county…

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

This program offers financial assistance to eligible broadband providers that will construct, improve, or expand telecommunication and broadband networks in rural areas. There are three types of available loans: Cost-of-Money loans are direct loans from USDA Rural Utilities Service; Loan Guarantees through the Federal Financing Bank (FFB); Hardship loans from the USDA Rural Utilities Service….