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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.

Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants
Matching grants for feasibility studies of geographically based broadband networks in rural areas of Minnesota.
Geographic coverage: Minnesota
Application Deadline: Sep 18, 2020
Sponsor: Blandin Foundation
Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant Program
Grants to support a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural communities across America. Focus areas include business development, community development, education, and telecommunications.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2020
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Smart Rural Community Showcase Award
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, safety and security, and economic development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 16, 2020
Sponsor: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: Auction 904
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is designed to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access.The first phase of the FCC reverse auction will target over six million homes and businesses in census blocks that are entirely unserved by voice and broadband with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 22, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Grants to promote the planning and development of integrated rural healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grants
Grants to improve broadband communications services in underserved areas of Wisconsin.
Geographic coverage: Wisconsin
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2020
Sponsor: Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Minnesota Community Broadband Resources Program
Technical assistance and ad hoc consulting support for communities in Minnesota that are exploring high speed internet services.
Geographic coverage: Minnesota
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Blandin Foundation
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
North Carolina Open Grants Program
Grants for projects that strengthen North Carolina's long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities in the areas of agriculture, economic development, workforce preparedness, healthcare, education, and community vitality.
Geographic coverage: North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Golden LEAF Foundation
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
Loans and loan guarantees for the construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service