Grant Details


Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture
CFDA: 10.752
Office: Rural Development (RD) Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: Unknown
Solicitation Date: Unknown
   
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to deliver broadband technical assistance resources for rural communities and support the development and expansion of broadband cooperatives. Funding will support technical assistance projects such as conducting feasibility studies, completing network designs, and developing broadband financial assistance applications. Funding is also available to help organizations access federal resources, and to conduct data collection and reporting.

Applicants must apply under one of the following funding categories:

  • Technical assistance providers: applicants must propose to deliver broadband technical assistance that will benefit rural communities
  • Technical assistance recipients: applicants must be the recipients of the broadband technical assistance
  • Projects supporting cooperatives: applicants must propose projects that support the establishment or growth of broadband cooperatives that will benefit rural communities

Funding may be used to promote broadband expansion in eligible rural areas and include activities such as project planning and community engagement, operations, financial sustainability, environmental compliance, construction and engineering planning, accessing federal resources, and data collection and reporting. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Helping recipients identify broadband resources and planning for delivering broadband service
  • Identifying public and private resources to finance broadband facilities
  • Preparing studies, reports, and surveys necessary to support broadband services, or to request financial assistance to develop broadband facilities
  • Improving broadband facilities management and operations

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities:

  • Helping rural communities to recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development (RD) programs and benefits from RD-funded projects
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities

The funding agency also encourages applicants to work with the Rural Partners Network (RPN), which is an all-of-government program that demonstrates to rural America that the federal government can work differently to serve their unique needs in a way that is community-centered and locally driven. Applicants are encouraged to include RPN community networks in their proposals by identifying community networks as collaborative partners or recipients of service. Additional information regarding RPN community networks can be found online at www.rural.gov/community-networks.

An optional webinar scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Program information detailed throughout this module was prepared using information from a previous fiscal year, as well as the preliminary program announcement, and should be used for reference purposes only. eCivis Grants Network will be updated with additional information upon the availability of the full program announcement.

Eligibility Notes:

Previous award recipients include:

  • Connecting Alaska Consortium (AK)
  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (OK)
  • County of Inyo (CA)
  • Fleming County Fiscal Court (KY)
  • Merit Network, Inc. (MI)

Refer to the Award file for additional information on previous award recipients.

The information below is from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federally recognized tribes and tribal entities
  • State or local governments, including agencies and subdivisions
  • Territories or possessions of the United States
  • Institutions of higher education
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Cooperatives or mutual organizations
  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies or limited liability partnerships

Projects must promote broadband expansion in a rural area, which for the purposes of this program is defined as any area not located in a city, town, or incorporated area with a population greater than 20,000, or an urbanized area next to a city, town, or incorporated area with a population greater than 50,000 people. Eligible areas must be completely contained within a rural area or composed of multiple areas. Targeted areas include tribes and tribal entities, colonia areas, persistent poverty counties, and distressed energy communities. A mapping tool with additional eligibility information can be found online at ruraldevelopment.maps.arcgis.com.

A tribal government resolution of consent must be provided if a non-tribal applicant is proposing to assist a tribal community or communities.

Applicants may not submit more than one application.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Academic Institutions
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
Private Sector
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

An optional webinar will be held for this program as follows:

May 22, 2024
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Registration: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register

Refer to the PreNOFA, OldNOFA, OldGuide, and OldApplicationChecklist files for preliminary application information.

The information below is from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only.

Applications will be accepted beginning on April 19, 2023, and must be submitted by June 20, 2023.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov. Mailed, hand-delivered, emailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include:

  • Written narrative (25 pages max):
    • Work plan
    • Organizational capacity
    • Targeted communities
    • Rurality
    • Economic need
    • Performance measures
    • Funding category identified
  • Worksheets:
    • Communities worksheet
    • Budget worksheet
  • Tribal letter of support (if applicable)
  • SF 424
  • SF 424B
  • RD 400-4 assurance agreement

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at www.ecivis.com/sam.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Work plan (30 points)
  • Organizational capacity (20 points)
  • Targeted communities (20 points)
  • Rurality (20 points)
  • Economic need (20 points)
  • Performance measures (10 points)
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Match Notes:

The information below is from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only.

Matching funds are not required for this program.

Funding Notes:

In April 2024, a total of $5,248,591 was distributed via 14 awards through this program. In February 2024, a total of $9,703,138 was distributed via 24 awards. Refer to the Award file for details.

The information below is from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only.

A total of $20 million is available to support cooperative agreements through this program. Award amounts will vary according to funding category, as follows:

  • Technical assistance providers: up to $7.5 million is available to support awards ranging from $50,000 to $1 million
  • Technical assistance recipients: up to $7.5 million is available to support awards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000
  • Projects supporting cooperatives: up to $5 million is available to support awards ranging from $50,000 to $1 million

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Awards are expected to be made by September 30, 2023.

The project period will begin on October 1, 2023, and end on September 30, 2025.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Construction
  • Activities serving non-rural communities
  • Activities supporting communities with existing broadband access
  • Duplicative project costs, such as pre-application expenses that have been funded by another award
  • Indirect costs
Contacts:

Laurel Leverrier
Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-9556
Laurel.Leverrier@usda.gov

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250

Contact Notes:

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

The information below is from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only.

Questions should be directed to Laurel Leverrier or to the appropriate telecommunications general field representative listed online at www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/telecom-gfr. Questions may also be submitted directly to the program staff by completing the form available online at www.usda.gov/reconnect/contact-us.

Applications must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov.

Files:
NOFA File: US18053_PreNOFA_FY2024.pdf (97.5 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldNOFA_FY2024.pdf (228.8 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldGuide_FY2024.pdf (3.0 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldApplicationChecklist_FY2024.xlsx (28.7 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldAssuranceAgreement_FY2024.pdf (69.2 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldFactSheet_FY2024.pdf (326.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldFAQ_FY2024.pdf (215.6 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US18053_OldOverview_FY2024.pdf (115.1 Kb)
Award File: US18053_Award_FY2024.pdf (244.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The PreNOFA file contains detailed webinar information for this program. The OldNOFA, OldGuide, OldApplicationChecklist, OldAssuranceAgreement, OldFactSheet, OldFAQ, and OldOverview files contain materials from a previous fiscal year and should be used for reference purposes only. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

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Grant Categories
Community Development
Information Technology/Telecommunications
Rural Issues