Wednesday, May 6, 2009

USDA Grants for Broadband

USDA is now accepting applications for grants to bring broadband services to rural areas. State and local governments, corporations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for the grants from $50,000 to $1 million through USDA’s Community Connect Grant Program with $13.4 million available. The grants are needed to bring state-of-the-art broadband services to isolated and economically challenged communities currently without broadband.

Grant funding is to be used to:

  • Construct, acquire, or lease broadband transmission services
  • Improve, expand, or lease community centers that provide ten free computer access to broadband for at least two years before, during, and after normal work hours, and on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Purchase computer equipment
  • Provide broadband to all critical community facilities such as first responders, police, and others within the proposed service area

Applications are due by June 19, 2009. Go to for more information, or call Kenneth Kuchno, Director, Broadband Division, RUS, or call 202-690-4673.