Washington Rural Broadband Program
The Washington State Department of Commerce provides low interest loan or loan/grant packages to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service to rural underserved communities for the purpose of community economic development.
Eligible projects are those that encourage, foster, develop, and improve broadband in order to:
- Drive job creation, promote innovation, and expand markets for local businesses
- Serve the ongoing and growing needs of local education systems, healthcare systems, public safety systems, industries and businesses, governmental operations, and citizens
- Improve accessibility for underserved communities and populations
Eligible applicants include:
- Cities and Towns
- Federally Recognized Tribes
- Municipal Corporations
- Quasi-Municipal Corporations
- Public Port Districts
- Special Purpose Districts
The loan maximum is $2,000,000 per project. Grants are available up to 50% of the total award, determined by the underwriting process and debt service coverage ratio.
Applicants must demonstrate feasibility with a supporting study and provide a cash match of 25% of the total project cost.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.