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Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.863
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Mar 13, 2017

The Community Connect Grant Program offers grants to provide currently unserved rural areas with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, healthcare, and public safety services.

Grant funds may be used to finance:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all participating critical community facilities and all required facilities needed to offer such service to all residential and business customers located within the proposed funded service area
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center that provides free internet access at the Broadband Grant Speed and provides computer access points
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to Critical Community Facilities for 2 years

Eligible entities include:

  • Incorporated organizations
  • Indian tribes or tribal organizations
  • State or local units of government
  • Cooperatives, private corporations, or limited liability companies organized on a for-profit or nonprofit basis
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $3,000,000
Award floor: $100,000

A non-federal cash match of at least 15% of the total amount of financial assistance requested is required.

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