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Community Connect Grants

Rural Development

Closed December 23, 2020

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

  • Application windows for this program are announced through the national office on a periodic basis.

  • Program Resources are available online at (includes forms, guidance, certifications, etc.)

Who can answer questions about this program?

  • Email

  • Contact the Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800

  • Contact your General Field Representative

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December 23, 2020


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