Seven Tribal Entities Receive Nearly $3.5 Million in Internet For All Grants
August 31, 2023
A little more than a month after the grant application period opened, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently announced having made grant awards of $3.5 million across seven trial entities nation-wide for the Internet For All initiative’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. The Awardees are located in New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington. Let’s get funding to California!
As previously reported by CSAC in early August, the application period for the second installment of grant funding for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is accepting applications through late January 2024. This second round of funding includes approximately $980 million available for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian lands for deployment of Internet infrastructure, affordability programs, telehealth and distance learning initiatives.
The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is a $3 billion program established via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Consolidated Appropriations Act to support Tribal governments bringing high-speed Internet to Tribal lands, including telehealth, distance learning, affordability, and digital inclusion initiatives. The program is part of the Biden Administration’s Internet For All Initiative, which provides $48 billion for a variety of programs across the nation to connect more people to reliable high-speed internet. The first round of grant awards for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program included $162 million awarded to California for 34 tribal governments.
The application window opened on Thursday, July 27, 2023, and will close at 8:59 PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Tribes that did not receive funding under the first round of grant awards will be given priority for funding under the second round of grant award determinations.
How to Apply
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Attn: Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887
Washington, DC 20230
The program’s fact sheet includes information regarding application evaluation, scoring criteria, and post-award reporting requirements.
For more information regarding the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, please visit internetforall.gov or the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Questions about the program can be directed to TBCPNOFO2@ntia.gov.