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Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Tribes, Alaska Native
and Native Hawaiian Organizations for Access to High Speed Internet

State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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BroadbandUSA and U.S. Department of Commerce - National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Conf. Date:

05/18/22

Deadline Date:

07/12/22 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA and territories agencies, Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations for programs to increase access to high speed internet. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support a digital equity planning grant after which the applicant will be eligible for an implementation grant.

The subject of this NOFO—the $60 million State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program—is part of the Digital Equity Act’s larger State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, the purpose of which is to promote the achievement of digital equity, support digital inclusion activities, and build capacity for efforts by States relating to the adoption of broadband by residents of those States. By creating their own State Digital Equity Plans, States can, among other things, identify barriers to digital equity and outline specific measures aimed at addressing those barriers. States that develop State Digital Equity Plans will then be able to apply for funds from the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program to implement those plans. Within one year of the date on which a State is awarded State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program funds, that State must develop a State Digital Equity Plan that includes elements outlined in the statute and herein, solicit and respond to public comments on the draft plan, and finalize that plan. Each State’s State Digital Equity Plan will be a key component of any application the State may later submit seeking a State Digital Equity Capacity Grant.

Eligible use of funds can be found at https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/DE%20PLANNING%20GRANT%20NOFO.pdf#page=19.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203354

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$60,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tentative Award Allocation Amounts per state can be found on page 13 of the NOFO. See Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

The award period for the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program is one year, beginning on the date on which the grantee is awarded the grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An Administering Entity must have demonstrated a capacity to administer the program on a statewide level, and be any of the following:
1. The State, a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the State, an Indian Tribe located in the State, an Alaska Native entity located in the State, or a Native Hawaiian organization located in the State.

2. A foundation, corporation, institution, association, or coalition that is—
a. A not-for-profit entity;
b. Providing services in the State; and
c. Not a school.

3. A community anchor institution, other than a school, that is located in the State.

4. A local educational agency that is located in the State.

5. An entity located in the State that carries out a workforce development program.

6. An agency of the State that is responsible for administering or supervising adult education and literacy activities in the State.

7. A public or multi-family housing authority that is located in the State.

8. A partnership between any of the previously listed entities.

Prohibited Uses of State Digital Equity Planning Grant Funds can be found at https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/DE%20PLANNING%20GRANT%20NOFO.pdf#page=23.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Internet for All Webinar Series: Digital Equity Act Programs
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 3:00 PM
This webinar will provide an overview of the Digital Equity Act Programs. These three programs that provide funding to promote digital inclusion and advance equity for all. They aim to ensure that all communities have access to and use affordable, reliable high-speed internet. By providing digital literacy, skill training, equipment, and more we can help meet people's needs and improve their lives. This webinar will help applicants understand the programs and prepare them to write high-quality applications.

More information and to register:
https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/events/latest-events/internet-all-webinar-series-digital-equity-act-programs

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
Complete applications from States (including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) must be received through the NTIA application portal (https://grants.ntia.gov) no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 12, 2022. U.S. territories (other than Puerto Rico), Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations that are interested in participating in this program need not submit applications at this time, but must submit Letters of Intent. The Letters of Intent may be submitted (1) through the NTIA application portal or email (digitalequity@ntia.gov) no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 12, 2022 or (2) by mail or courier, postmarked (for postal mail) or showing clear evidence of having been mailed (for courier submissions) no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 12, 2022. Further application submission requirements and timelines for any U.S. territory or possession (other than Puerto Rico), or from an Indian Tribe, Alaska Native entity, or Native Hawaiian organization that timely submits a Letter of Intent will be provided to such entities in a separate written communication.

NTIA expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by September 15, 2022. The earliest start date for awards under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is September 29, 2022. NTIA may issue awards made under the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program on a rolling basis.

Applications or portions thereof submitted by a State through postal mail, courier, email, facsimile, or other means will not be accepted.

The Infrastructure Act authorizing the establishment of this program does not contain a statutory non-federal cost sharing or matching funds requirement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://grants.ntia.gov/grantsPortal/s/

For U.S. territories (other than Puerto Rico) and for Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations, Letters of Intent must be submitted (1) electronically through the NTIA application portal https://grants.ntia.gov/, (2) by email (digitalequity@ntia.gov), or (3) by mail or courier.

Please direct programmatic inquiries to:
Angela Thi Bennett
Director of Digital Equity
Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-2048
Email: digitalequity@ntia.gov

Please direct grant management inquiries to:
Scott McNichol
NIST Grants Officer
Grants Management Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: (303) 497-3444
Email: scott.mcnichol@nist.gov

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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