Information Bulletin Number 0708080

Community Connect Grant Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.863
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) reissued this grant opportunity on July 5, 2007. The deadline date was extended to August 20, 2007.

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USDA Rural Utilities Service
August 20, 2007

Grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential service and connect facilities such as police and fire stations, health care, libraries and schools. The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to furnish broadband service in rural, economically challenged communities where such service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be utilized to deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses and to construct, acquire, or expand, equip, and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years. Grants will be awarded, on a competitive basis, to entities serving communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications service as are available in urban and suburban communities.

1. Only entities legally organized as one of the following are eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance:

a. An incorporated organization;
b. An Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c);
c. A state or local unit of government; or
d. A cooperative, private corporation or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

2. Individuals are not eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance directly.
3. Applicants must have the legal capacity and authority to own and operate the broadband facilities as proposed in its application, to enter into contracts, and to otherwise comply with applicable federal statutes and regulations.

Nationwide

$8.91 million is available for grants. Under 7 CFR 1739.2, the Administrator has established a minimum grant amount of $50,000 and a maximum grant amount of $1,000,000 for FY 2007.
You may obtain application guides and materials at:

http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect.htm

For more information contact:
Kenneth Kuchno, Director, Broadband Division, Telecommunications Program, (202) 690-4673 or Email:

community.connect@usda.gov

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RAC for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.