$12 million is now available for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through the Community Connect Program.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $12 million in funding for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect Program, which is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service and supports broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not economically viable for private sector providers to provide service.
"Through Community Connect and our other telecommunications programs, USDA helps to ensure that rural residents have access to broadband to run businesses, get the most from their education and benefit from the infinite services that fast, reliable broadband provides," Secretary Vilsack said in a release. "USDA is committed to supporting America's rural communities through targeted investments in our bioeconomy and renewable energy, local and regional food systems, conservation initiatives and rural development."
The grants fund broadband infrastructure to help foster economic growth by delivering connectivity to the global marketplace and also support broadband for community centers and public institutions, USDA said.
Up to $11.7 million in grants will be available through the program, the department said, for awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million in FY2016.
Eligible applicants include colleges and universities; for-profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; and state, local and Native American tribal governments; among others
The deadline to apply is June 17, 2016.
To learn move, visit grants.gov and search FON# RDRUS-CC-2016.