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Funding Programs

What funding is right for you?

BroadbandUSA has compiled a list of more than 70 funding opportunities from various federal agencies, including 6 NTIA grants. Leverage the search tool or the interactive guide to find funding you may be eligible.

How to apply for funding

Every funding program has different application requirements. The most important thing is to read all of the instructions carefully. These are some general guidelines to help you through the application process.

Step 1

Identify your funding program

Look for funding programs that fit your needs. If you don't fit the criteria, you shouldn't apply. You can use our funding guide to look for programs that are right for you.

Step 2

Do your research

You'll need to provide information about your community's broadband needs. Use the tools on this website to help you get the data you need to answer any questions.

Step 3

Give yourself enough time

It may take you a while to gather all of the information you need and to complete your application. Make sure you plan your approach and give yourself enough time to apply before the deadline.

Step 4

Complete your application

Your application should be direct and easy to understand. Don't get sidetracked or provide responses that don't answer the questions. Make sure to answer all of the questions thoroughly.

NTIA's Funding Programs

Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

A program to support government projects for broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption.

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

A program to fund the expansion and extension of middle mile infrastructure across U.S. states and territories. The ultimate purpose of this funding is to expand and strengthen U.S. high-speed Internet networks by reducing the cost of connecting areas that are unserved or underserved to the Internet backbone.

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

A program to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure, to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas.

Digital Equity Act Programs

Three programs that promote digital inclusion and equity to ensure all communities have the skills, technology and capacity for broadband.

Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP)

A program for states and broadband providers to support broadband infrastructure projects in areas lacking broadband access.

Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Program

A program to help colleges and institions serving minority and tribal communities purchase broadband equipment and hire technology personnel.

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Workforce Development Strategies by Minority Serving Institutions

As states begin to implement the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, NTIA and states are working to ensure that there is a skilled and ready workforce to address forthcoming construction needs for high-speed Internet deployment. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are getting ready for this demand by developing apprenticeship and training programs to equip students with the skills they need to access higher and better paying jobs that will also support critical Internet infrastructure.

Important Ideas to Streamline Broadband Permitting and Support Internet for All Deployments

By Jill Springer, Senior Advisor, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, NTIA

High-speed Internet service connects and builds communities, accelerates economic progress, and enhances public service capabilities. Installing broadband infrastructure can be complex due to permitting processes and regulations that may influence the availability of public rights-of-way, poles, conduits, ducts, and other necessary facilities.

Constructing the Digital Landscape: Highlights of NTIA’s Middle Mile Program

By: Sarah Salgado, Broadband Program Specialist, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth  

Generations before us built infrastructure such as electricity, water, and sewer systems to serve everyone in America. Now, it is our generation’s turn to connect everyone in America to the tools they need to thrive in the modern digital economy through reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service. Achieving this ambitious goal requires the development of middle mile infrastructure.

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