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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.

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program
Funding for the construction, improvement, and/or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure with the goal of expanding and extending infrastructure to reduce the cost of connecting areas that are unserved or underserved to the internet.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2022
Sponsor: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
National Tribal Broadband Grant
Grants for tribes to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for high-speed internet deployment or expansion in tribal communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 17, 2022
Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I
Funding for research that focuses on the development of new technologies that address important problems affecting people, institutions, and communities in rural America, including health, agriculture, rural development, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2022
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural eConnectivity Broadband Loan and Grant Program (ReConnect)
Loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2022
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Rural Health Care Program – Healthcare Connect Fund
Provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of a consortium or a stand-alone entity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2023
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Rural Health Care Telecommunications (Telecom) Program
Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2023
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Affordable Connectivity Program
A benefit that helps low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. The Affordable Connectivity Program replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
American Connection Corps Fellowship
A 1-year fellowship program that trains and mobilizes leaders to work in rural and under-resourced communities to coordinate broadband development and digital inclusion.
Geographic coverage: Available in 10 states.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Heartland Forward, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lead for America
Community Heart & Soul Planning, Technical Assistance, and Seed Grant Program
Community Heart & Soul is a community development process that engages residents in identifying what they love about their community, the future they want for it, and how to achieve it. Activities and objectives are determined by communities, and projects have included volunteerism, healthcare access, social programs, transportation, broadband, and emergency preparedness, among others. Seed grants are offered to qualifying small cities and towns interested in implementing the Heart & Soul model.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Community Heart & Soul
Dogwood Health Trust Impact Grants
Funding for projects in western North Carolina that address at least one of the priority areas of housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness and that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Trust is also interested in broadband access to support education and healthcare, rural disparities, and racial equity.
Geographic coverage: 18 counties in western North Carolina
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Dogwood Health Trust