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Rural Health
Funding by Topic: Broadband

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge
Provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, or other community-oriented initiatives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grants
Grants to improve broadband communications services in underserved areas of Wisconsin.
Geographic coverage: Wisconsin
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2018
Sponsor: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
North Carolina Economic Infrastructure Program
Grants to support infrastructure projects related to drinking water, wastewater, broadband, natural gas lines, railways, and roadways in rural areas of North Carolina.
Geographic coverage: North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Commerce
Alabama Appalachian Regional Commission Grants Inactive
Awards grants for projects designed to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life through improved access to healthcare; education and job training; physical infrastructure, including water, sewer, and housing projects; business development; and leadership development.
Geographic coverage: Appalachian counties of Alabama
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2017
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission
Michigan Community Grant Award Inactive
Offers grants to organizations engaged in rural community development work in Michigan, with priorities including broadband, health, housing, and transportation.
Geographic coverage: Michigan
Application Deadline: Oct 2, 2017
Sponsor: Michigan Rural Council
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program Inactive
This program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program Inactive
Provides grants for rural communities in the areas of business development, community development, education, and telecommunications.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2017
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Smart Rural Community Showcase Award Inactive
Honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors, such as healthcare infrastructure.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2017
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
Healthcare Connect Fund Inactive
Provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and Internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65 percent. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company
Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund Inactive
Provides grants to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education. Priority funding areas include agriculture, energy, rural broadband, healthcare, youth engagement and workforce/economic development.
Geographic coverage: Maryland
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 9, 2017
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsor: Rural Maryland Council