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Maine Community Broadband Grant Program

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Sponsor
Maine Community Foundation
Deadlines
Aug 1, 2021
Contact

Maggie Drummond-Bahl
mbahl@mainecf.org
207.412.0839

Purpose

The Maine Community Broadband Grant Program provides funding for projects designed to increase access to high speed internet service, which in turn will increase opportunities in health, education, civic and social engagement, and economic prosperity.

Funding may be used to:

  • Create and/or sustain working groups among communities, nonprofits, towns, and municipalities
  • Increase community member computer and internet knowledge and skills
  • Remove barriers and create equitable opportunities to access technology and the internet
  • Develop and increase the knowledge and expertise of both communities at large and local and regional leadership on these issues

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Support and involve traditionally underserved people, including older people, low income families and children, students, people of color, small businesses, and entrepreneurs
  • Represent catalytic projects or moments in time. For example, funds might help sustain an effort at a critical time, leverage other funding sources, or accomplish a short term goal to build energy and momentum.
  • Explore creative solutions, pilot projects or new strategies which can be replicated or used as a model by other communities and regions
  • Leverage or provide match for other funding sources
  • Have identified or are prioritizing technology that anticipates future needs and won't be obsolete in 5-10 years
  • Include goals and/or strategies to increase digital literacy, inclusion, and equity
  • Demonstrate community commitment through financial and other meaningful support
  • Identify short and long term goals
Eligibility

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Public charities with a fiscal sponsor
  • Public schools and school districts
  • Municipal agencies

Contact Maggie Drummond-Bahl with questions about specific eligibility.

Geographic coverage
Maine
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $15,000
Average award: $9,057
Estimated number of awards: 13
Estimated total program funding: $117,753

Application process

Click on the yellow Apply button at the top of the program website.

Tagged as
Broadband · Community and economic development · Maine



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