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Agency / Branch

Program Name

Program Description

Total Funding

Individual Funding Awards

Eligible Recipients

Program Type

Spending Deadline

USDA – RUS

Reconnect Loan and Grant

Provides loans and grants to cover broadband construction costs in eligible rural areas

$635 million (FY2021)
$100 million (CARES)

Loan up to $50 million, with 2 percent interest. Combo loan/grant $25 million each. Grants available up to $25 million with a 25 percent match

State/Local, Tribe

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

Program renewed annually

USDA – RUS

Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Helps remote learning and telehealth telecommunications needs in rural areas

$57 million (FY2021)
$25 million (CARES)

Grants are awarded with a 15 percent match requirement. Awards range from $50,000 to $1 million

State/Local, K-12, Higher Ed, Tribe, Library, Hospital

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

Program renewed annually

USDA – RUS

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

Provides financing support to expand telephone and broadband access in rural areas with fewer than 5,000 people

$690 million (FY2021)

Cost-of-Money loans available directly, as well as loan guarantees to private lenders to connect local borrowers

State/Local, Tribe

Existing Program

Applications accepted year-round

FCC - USF

Connect America Fund – High Cost

The program funds broadband service in unserved and underserved areas by funding ISP connection plans

$4.5 billion (FY2020)

103 bidders are splitting the awards to serve more than 700,000 locations in 45 states

ISPs

Existing Program

NA - not for states

FCC – USF

Lifeline – Low Income

Assists low income individuals to help pay phone and connections charges

$2.385 billion (FY2020)

Allocates $9.25 per household in broadband support per month

Consumer Direct

Existing Program

NA - not for states

FCC – USF

Schools and Libraries – E-Rate

Eligible schools and libraries receive discounts on costs of telecommunications services

$4.15 billion (FY2019) $7.2 billion (ARP)

Discounts range from 20 to 90 percent, based on the poverty level of the school, with rural schools and libraries potentially receiving higher discounts

K-12, Library

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

NA - not for states

FCC – USF

Rural Health Care

Reduces costs for rural health care providers to make telecommunication services more competitive with urban provider costs

$605 million (FY2020) $200 million (CARES)

Eligible providers may receive a 65 percent flat discount on telecommunications services

Rural health care providers, including schools, community care centers, local health depts; full eligibity details in link.

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

NA - not for states

FCC

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Targets completely unserved areas to be followed by partially served areas by funding ISP broadband deployment in eligible census blocks

$20.4 billion over 10 years

The first auction to award up to $16 billion for unserved areas was held in October 2020

ISPs

Existing Program

NA - not for states

FCC

5G Fund for Rural America

Deploying 5G services to eligible rural communities

$9 billion

Currently seeking public comment on how to distribute project funds

ISPs

Existing Program

NA - not for states

FCC

Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program

Requires ISPS to "Rip and Replace" covered equipment and services to secure the network. Any funding recipient must remove and replace covered equipment and services.

$1.6 billion

Program will reimburse costs reasonably incurred for the removeal, replacement, and disposal of covered equipment.

ISPs with 10 million or fewer customers

Newly Created Program

NA - not for states

FCC

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Provides immediate support to eligible health care providers by funding telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices.

$200 million (CARES) $249.95 million (CRRSA)

The first round of funding supported over 500 health care facilities. Applications for the second round will be due on May 6th and opening April 26th.

Health Care Providers

New COVID Program

Closed May 6, 2021

FCC

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Provides discounts to eligible low-income families on broadband services

$3.2 billion (CRRSA)

Eligible families may receive up to $50 per month, $75 per month on Tribal lands, and a one-time discount of $100 on a computer or tablet.

Individual Families

New COVID Program

NA - not for states

FCC

Emergency Connectivity Fund

Provides funding to schools and libraries for laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots or other internet devices.

$7.17 billion (ARP)

Reimburses 100% of the costs to purchase eligible internet equipment for a school or library.

Libraries and Schools

New COVID Program

NA - not for states

NTIA

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants

Program to expand broadband deployment on Tribal lands, targeted at telehealth, remote learning, affordability, and digital inclusion

$1 billion (CRRSA)

Tribal governments and other eligible entities can apply for funding, with grant awards between $50,000 and $50 million.

Tribe

New COVID Program

Apply by September 1, 2021

NTIA

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants

Program to promote partnerships for state subdivisions and fixed broadband service providers, targeted at rural areas.

$300 million (CRRSA)

Awards to be made between $5 million and $30 million. There is no cost sharing requirement and projects need to be implemented within one year.

Partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state and providers of fixed broadband service. ETC designation is not required.

New COVID Program

Apply by August 17, 2021

NTIA

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

Grant program targeted at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions to purchase internet equipment or hire IT personnel.

$285 million (CRRSA)

This program provides grants directly to students to pay for internet services or equipment.

Schools

New COVID Program

NA

Education

Elementary and Secondary Relief Fund

K-12 emergency funding to respond to COVID crisis growing need for remote learning

$13.2 billion (CARES) $54.3 billion (CRRSA) $122 billion (ARP)

States are awarded funds in proportion to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

State

New COVID Program

CARES funding available for obligation through September 2021, CRRSA funding available for obligation through September 2022, ARP funding available for obligation through September 2023

Education

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Reimburses students and teachers for technology needs

$14.25 billion (CARES) $21.2 billion (CRRSA)

The funds will be awarded to higher education institutions on a formula outlined by Congress

Schools, Students

New COVID Program

CARES funding available for obligation through September 2022, CRRSA funding available for obligation through September 2023

Education

Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund

Block grants for educational entities most impacted by COVID. The grants are largely flexible to cover current student and school needs.

$3 billion (CARES) $4.053 billion (CRRSA)

Funds are awarded to Governors’ offices 60 percent based on relative school-aged population and 40 percent based on children counted under ESEA

State

New COVID Program

CARES funding available for obligation through September 2022, CRRSA funding available for obligation through September 2023

Education

Title I, Part A

Provides financial assistance to schools with high percentages of low-income students.

$16.31 billion (FY2020)

States are awarded funds on a formula basis

State

Existing Program

Renewed annually

Education

Title IV, Part A

Improves technology accessibility and digital literacy for all students

$1.21 billion (FY2020)

States are awarded funds on a formula basis

State

Existing Program

Renewed annually

HUD

Community Development Block Grants

Block grants are provided annually on a formula to states for primarily low- and moderate-income assistance projects. Funds may be used to install broadband infrastructure to benefit eligible communities.

$3.4 billion (FY2020) $5 billion (CARES)

While funds are not exclusively focused on broadband infrastructure, states may flexibly allocate funding toward broadband. West Virginia has utilized these funds toward broadband expansion.

State

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

Also see FAQs

Treasury

Capital Projects Fund

Funding will assist governments to carry out capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options.

$10 billion (ARP)

Additional guidance to come, applications will be accepted during the summer of 2021.

States/Local, Tribe

New COVID Program

Funds available in Summer 2021, no deadline known

Treasury

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The ARP provided flexible funding to states to aid economic impacts, with one investment use to be in broadband infrastructure.

$350 billion (ARP) $195 billion going to states

Additional guidance to come

States/Local, Tribe

New COVID Program

Available one year after pandemic declared over

Treasury

Homeowner Assistance Fund

To be distributed to states, territories, and local governments by the Treasury Department, which includes payment for broadband services as one of the several qualified expenses eligible for relief.

$10 billion (ARP)

Additional guidance to come

State/Local, Tribe

New COVID Program

Funds request deadline was April 25, 2021.

Commerce

Economic Development Administration Grants

Distribute under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs, of which include broadband projects as an eligible expense for economically distressed communities.

$1.5 billion (CARES) $3 billion (ARP)

Applicants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until a new award is published or all funds have been expended

State/Local, Tribe

Existing Program with additional COVID-related funding

Applications accepted until funds have been expended

Delta Regional Authority

Delta Regional Authority

Provides direct investment into community based projects, 75 percent of which must go to economically distressed counties and parishes. Half of these funds must be allocated to basic public infrastructure which includes broadband.

$12.35 million (FY2020)

States receive formula balance to be designated for eligible projects meeting program criteria.

8 states in Delta region

Existing Program

Program renewed annually. Current applications due June 6 to local development districts.

Delta Regional Authority

Community Infrastructure Fund

Targets physical infrastucture projects to build more resilient communities in the region. Investments include basic public infrastructure development such as broadband.

$15 million (FY2020)

States receive formula balance to be designated for eligible projects meeting program criteria.

8 states in Delta region

Existing Program

Program renewed annually

*Source - National Governors Association 

More on Broadband

August 12, 2021 Press Release

CLINTON, LA – U.S. Congressman Garret Graves and U.S. Congresswoman Julia Letlow met with stakeholders in East Feliciana to address their limited access to reliable Internet service. There are billions of dollars in federal funding available that Graves and Letlow identified for citizens, schools, healthcare providers, and parish leaders to help improve Internet access in East Feliciana.