Application Due Date: September 30, 2022
National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce
Eligible Applicants: State, political subdivision of a state, Tribal government, technology company, electric utility, utility cooperative, public utility district, telecommunications company, telecommunications cooperative, nonprofit entity, regional planning council, Native entity, economic development authority, or any partnership of two or more of these entities.
Expected Award Amount: Award will not cover more than 70% of project expenses. NTIA expects the program to be within a funding range of $5,000,000 – $100,000,000.
As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, this program is designed to fund the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure.
Application Due Date: October 14, 2022
US Department of Labor
Eligible Applicants: Applicants my apply as individual IHEs or as a consortium of IHEs (IHEs in which the associates degree is generally the highest degree awarded)
Note: Consortia’s must apply as either state focused, labor-market focused, or affinity focused
- SCC Program Grants: 5-7 consortia grants between $1.5M-$5M and 6-8 single institution grants between $1.5M-$1.6M
- Additional Evaluation Funding: Up to $5M is set aside for this additional funding for 2-4 applicants
The purpose of the program is to fund proposals that 1) increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address identified equity gaps and 2) to meet the skill development needs of employers in in-demand industries and career pathways and the needs of marginalized and underrepresented workers.
Funding Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-22-02
Applications open September 6, 2022 – November 2, 2022
Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Eligible Applicants: Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partners, Cooperatives or mutual organizations, States or political subdivisions of states, US territories, Native Tribes
Note: Co-Applicants are not eligible entities, if two entities want to partner, one must take the lead on submitting the application
Grant and Loan Funding Amounts:
- 100 Percent Grant: Up to $25M can be requested, with 25% matching funds required
- 100 Percent Grant (for Tribal Governments, Persistent Poverty Areas, and Socially Vulnerable Communities): Up to $25M can be requested with no matching funds required
- 50 Percent Loan/50 Percent Grant: Maximum amount that can be requested is $25M for the loan and $25M for the grant
- 100 Percent Loan: Up to $50M can be requested
Eligible Funding Purposes: To fund the construction or improvement of facilities required to provide fixed terrestrial broadband service, to fund the acquisition of an existing system that does not currently provide sufficient access to broadband, and 3% of the total award can be used to fund reasonable pre-application expenses
This program is temporarily paused and will not be accepting new applications until further notice. If you have any questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the funds are depleted or application period (June 2024) closes
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Eligible Applicants: Incorporated business or partnership, a political subdivision, a nonprofit organization, a cooperative association, or a limited liability corporation organized for the purpose of expanding broadband access
Note: IL Public Schools are eligible but may be encouraged to leverage other sources of funding first
Award Maximum: $10,000,000
This program is meant to support broadband deployment to expand and strengthen existing broadband network infrastructure, health information technology, telemedicine, distance learning, and public safety in Illinois.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until release of a new NOFO
Economic Development Administration (EDA), US Department of Commerce
Eligible Applicants: District Organization; Indian Tribe / consortium of Tribes; State, County, City, or other State Political Subdivision / consortium of political subdivisions; Institution of Higher Education / consortium of IHEs; Public or Private Non-Profit Organization or Association acting in cooperation with officials of a state political subdivision
Award Ranges: $600,000 – $3,000,000 (Public Works Projects); $150,000 – $1,000,000 (Economic Adjustment Assistance); $500,000 – $2,000,000 (Assistance to Coal Communities and Nuclear Closure Communities)
All programs under this NOFO are meant to provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of needs through funding creative construction and non-construction projects that will advance economic prosperity.
CFDA Number: 11.300, 11.307
A permanent replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. See website to see if your household qualifies.
Eligible applicants will receive a $30 monthly discount on their broadband subscriptions ($75 for households on tribal land) and a one-time $100 discount on a tablet, laptop, or desktop
More information can be found HERE
Request application online
Eligible Applicants: Non-profits within the Ameren Illinois service area
Program Focus Areas: Arts and Culture, Civic and Community, Environment, Health and Human Services, Youth and Education
No deadline to apply, applications reviewed monthly
Eligible applicants: non-profit organizations located near BNSF operations (Metro East is eligible)
Program focus areas: Civic concerns, Cultural experiences, education, health and human services, youth organizations, federally recognized tribal governments
Eligible Applicants: 501(c)(3) non-profits
Award: $25,000-$50,000 list price of equipment
Program Focus Areas: Education, Economic Empowerment, Critical Human Needs
Awards cisco products to non-profits that need new/more technology to increase their capacity to deliver services.
Open yearly January 1 – November 30
Eligible Applicants: 501(c)(3) Non-profits
Program Focus Areas: Education, Engaging the Community, Promoting Equity
Not related to Dell Technologies
Eligible Entities: Non-profits
Does not fund more than 25% of a project’s budget
The foundation funds projects that directly serve children or youth from low-income communities in the areas of education, health, and family economic stability.
Eligible applicants: Non-profit organizations focused on at least one of the funding priorities
Program Focus Areas: Economic and Community Development, Education and Workforce Readiness, Financial Wellness
Eligible Entities: Non-profits
Sony aims to give its funding to projects focused on education in the areas of art, culture, technology, and the environment.
A program which allows schools to offer internet to students and teachers at their home, and easily add and take away households on the network as needed.
Eligible Applicants: Parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the National School Lunch Program
Award: 100GB of mobile data/year for five years, mobile hotspot, low-cost devices
Separate program for school administrators – must fill out online form
Illinois Office of Broadband and Illinois Extension partnered for a webinar series to aid community leaders in planning for broadband expansion
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