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Grants to USA Agencies to Increase the
Availability of High-Speed Internet

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) 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:

05/17/22

LOI Date:

07/18/22

Deadline Date:

08/15/22 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies to increase the availability of high-speed internet, particularly in areas with limited or no access. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and complete required registrations prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to unserved locations that have no internet access or that only have access under 25/3 Mbps and underserved locations only have access under 100/20 Mbps.

The BEAD Program provides new federal funding for NTIA to grant to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (States), as well as American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands (Territories), and in certain circumstances political subdivisions of these States and Territories, for broadband planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption activities.

Funding is distributed primarily based on the relative number of “unserved” locations (i.e., broadband-serviceable locations that lack access to Reliable Broadband Service at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream and latency levels low enough to support realtime, interactive applications) in each State and Territory.

BEAD is a federal grant program that aims to get all Americans online by funding partnerships between states or territories, communities, and stakeholders to build infrastructure where we need it to and increase adoption of high-speed internet.

Program Requirements: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20NOFO.pdf#page=50

Eligible Uses of Funding: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20NOFO.pdf#page=81

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203358

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$41,601,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each State is eligible to receive a minimum allocation of $100,000,000. Each State may request up to $5,000,000 of its minimum allocation in Initial Planning Funds. American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands each are eligible to receive a minimum allocation of $25,000,000. Each of those territories may request up to $1,250,000 of its minimum allocation in Initial Planning Funds. Not less than twenty percent of the total allocation for a State or Territory will be made available at the approval of the Initial Proposal with remaining funds released upon approval of the Final Proposal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities authorized to apply for grants under the BEAD Program are any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In cases of application failure, an Eligible Entity’s political subdivision, or a consortium of such subdivisions, may seek to act in the place of the Eligible Entity. For more information on the ability of political subdivisions to apply in place of Eligible Entities see Section IV.B.10 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents, below.

Ineligible Costs: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20NOFO.pdf#page=82

Pre-proposal Conference:

May 17, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

https://ntia-gov.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_9a4-gZOkRzaasWegG-g7DQ

Pre-Application Information:

Completed Letters of Intent must be received by NTIA through the application portal no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 18, 2022. Upon submission of the Letter of Intent, the Point of Contact for each Eligible Entity may request Initial Planning Funds through the application portal. The portal will provide additional information about submission requirements for funding, including but not limited to standard forms and a budget narrative. All supplemental information must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 15, 2022.

Complete Letters of Intent, Requests for Initial Planning Funds, Five-Year Action Plans, Initial Proposals, and Final Proposals must be submitted electronically through NTIA’s online application portal.

Pursuant to 2 C.F.R. Part 25, an applicant or recipient (as the case may be) is required to: (i) be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting its complete application packet; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency, unless otherwise excepted from these requirements pursuant to 2 C.F.R. § 25.110. NTIA will not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time that NTIA is ready to make a federal award pursuant to this NOFO, NTIA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a
federal award.

Cost Sharing/Matching: Except in certain specific circumstances described herein (including projects in designated “high-cost areas,” as defined in Section 60102(a)(2)(G), and other cases in which NTIA has waived the matching requirement pursuant to Section 60102(h)(3)(A)(ii)), for each broadband deployment project utilizing BEAD grant funding, each Eligible Entity shall provide, require its subgrantee to provide, or provide in concert with its subgrantee, matching funds of not less than 25 percent of project costs. For more information, see https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20NOFO.pdf#page=20.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340304

Contact Information:

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

NTIA grants portal: https://grants.ntia.gov/grantsPortal/s/funding-program/a0g3d00000018ObAAI/broadband-equity-access-and-deployment-bead-program

Please direct programmatic inquiries to:
Evan Feinman
Director of BEAD
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: BEAD@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: (301) 975-8449
Email: scott.mcnichol@nist.gov

Please direct media inquiries to:
Stephen F. Yusko
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Public Affairs
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4897
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-7002
Email: press@ntia.doc.gov

CFDA Number:

11.035

Funding or Pin Number:

NTIA-BEAD-2022

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Geographic Focus:

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); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

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