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Community Connect Grants

Rural Development

Closed February 20, 2024

The grant program offers financial assistance to eligible applicants that will construct broadband networks that provide service on a community-oriented connectivity basis in rural areas. 

The Community Connect program helps rural communities receive access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses. The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development. 


Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local governments

  • Federally recognized Tribes

  • Nonprofits

  • For-profit corporations

  • Limited liability companies

What is an eligible area? Rural areas that lack broadband service as defined in the most recent funding announcement are eligible. 

How may the funds be used?

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for:

    • all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area

    • all participating essential community facilities (such as public schools, fire stations, public libraries, and public safety stations)

  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the essential community facilities for 2 years

  • Up to 10 percent of the grant may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public


Other program requirements include:

  • Documentation supporting the scoring criteria

  • An executive summary of the proposed project

  • Grantees must have legal authority to provide, construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities or services

  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private, and nonprofit entities are encouraged

  • For additional details, see 7 CFR, 1739 Matching funds of at least 15 percent from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs. 

Application Instructions

To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of immediately. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to register again.

Once you have completed the above steps, applicants wishing to apply for a Community Connect broadband grant online can do so at



February 20, 2024


Rural Development

Financial Instrument

Cost Share, Grant

Updated March 27, 2024

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