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Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Mar 31, 2017

State level contact
State Telecommunications Field Representatives

Federal program contact
Shawn Arner


The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas.


Eligible entities may be either a nonprofit or for-profit organization, and must take one of the following forms:

  • Corporation
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Cooperative or mutual organization
  • Indian tribe or tribal organization
  • State or local government, including any agency, subdivision or instrumentality thereof
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Loan amounts: $100,000 - $10,000,000.

Application process

Application guidance and required forms are available on the program website.

As described in the Federal Register, there has been a change in the way the agency reviews applications in 2017. Applicants are requested to submit applications during a pre-application window. During that window, the agency will review applications and provide feedback for meeting requirements. If the application still does not meet requirements after it is formally submitted through the online system, a detailed explanation will be provided to the applicant at least 30 days prior to the opening of the next pre-application window.

The pre-application windows for 2017 are:

  1. March 1 - March 31
  2. September 1 - September 30

For more information about the pre-application process, contact Shawn Arner.

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