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Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.863
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
May 14, 2018

The Community Connect Grant Program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Broadband service should benefit residential and business customers in a service area, as well as critical community facilities, such as healthcare, public schools, fire stations, and libraries.

Grant funds may be used to help fund:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land, or buildings used to deploy broadband service within the proposed service area
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public
  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to critical community facilities for 2 years

Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Nonprofits
  • For-profit corporations

Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream are eligible.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $3,000,000
Award floor: $100,000
Estimated number of awards: 15
Estimated total program funding: $30,000,000

A non-federal cash match of at least 15% of the total amount of financial assistance requested is required and can be used for operating costs.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application procedures are available through

Applications may be submitted in one of two ways:

  • Electronically through
  • Mail paper applications to:

    Telecommunications Program
    Rural Utilities Service
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Ave. SW
    Room 2844 STOP 1597
    Washington, DC 20250-1597 Attn: Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Loan Origination and Approval

Applicant webinars
April 5, 2018
April 10, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Consult the webinar flyer for registration information.

Tagged as
Broadband · Capital funding · Community and economic development

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.