01 Sep 2022
“Every new month is an opportunity to reset! Hello, September.”
With Fall Season just around the corner, our Office of Economic & Community Development has assembled available opportunities in grants and funding, that may be relevant to your needs. This month we share information highlighting funding from The U.S. Department of Commerce, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
The Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant (MMG) Program provides funding for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure. The purpose of the grant program is to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure to reduce the cost of connecting areas that are unserved or underserved to the internet backbone.
Grants can be used for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure, including:
- Construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment
- Engineering design, permitting and work related to project reviews
- Personnel costs, incl. salaries and benefits for staff and consultants
- Other costs necessary to programmatic activities.
Cost Sharing / Matching: The amount of a middle mile grant awarded to an eligible entity through this program may not exceed 70 percent of the total project cost.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Type: Grant or Loan Combination
The ReConnect Loan and Grant Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. ReConnect Program funds can be used to fund the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service capable of delivering 100 Mbps symmetrical service and the acquisition of an existing system not currently providing sufficient access to broadband service, under certain circumstances, and with restrictions.
Up to five percent of the award may be used for preapplication expenses. https://www.usda.gov/reconnect
State of Georgia
Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
The CPF Grant Program has been designed to address the critical need for high-speed, reliable connectivity that was highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this need, the CPF Grant Program is seeking applications to provide funding for Broadband Infrastructure Projects (that reliably meet or exceed download and upload speeds of 100 Mbps) to unserved homes and businesses in Georgia.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult and engage with the impacted communities as part of this application process to consider the need for access and affordability levels for households and businesses.