USDA/RUS Community Connect Grant Program: Providing Financial Assistance to Help Rural Communities

Deadline: 17 June 2016

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking applications for its Community Connect Grant Program with an aim to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide broadband service to currently unserved, lower-income, and extremely rural areas.

The Community Connect program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses. The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development.

Funding Information:  The grant range is established from $100,000 to $3,000,000 for FY 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Independent school districts
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • City or township governments
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • State governments
  • County governments.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application packages via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit this link.

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