Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Community Connect Grant Program

Community Connect Grant Program

Department of Agriculture


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 05/07/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.
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Document Type:Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:RDRUS-CC-2012
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:May 07, 2012
Creation Date:May 07, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Jun 18, 2012   
Current Closing Date for Applications:Jun 18, 2012   
Archive Date:Jul 18, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Community Development 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
Estimated Total Program Funding:$10,372,000
Award Ceiling:$1,500,000
Award Floor:$100,000
CFDA Number(s):10.863  --  Community Connect Grant Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:Yes

Eligible Applicants

State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Agency Name

Utilities Programs


The provision of broadband transmission service is vital to the economic development, education, health, and safety of rural Americans. The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide currently unserved areas, on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis, with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services. Rural Utilities Service will give priority to rural areas that it believes have the greatest need for broadband services, based on the criteria contained herein. Grant authority will be used for the deployment of broadband service to extremely rural, lower-income communities on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis. The “community-oriented connectivity” concept will stimulate practical, everyday uses and applications of broadband facilities by cultivating the deployment of new broadband services that improve economic development and provide enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas. Such an approach will also give rural communities the opportunity to benefit from the advanced technologies that are necessary to achieve these goals. Please see 7 CFR 1739, subpart A for specifics. This notice has been formatted to conform to a policy directive issued by the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2003. This Notice does not change the Community Connect Grant Program regulation (7 CFR 1739, subpart A). 

Link to Additional Information

Community Connect Grant Program

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Kenneth Kuchno
Director, Broadband Division
Phone 202-690-4389 email address

Synopsis Modification History

There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.

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