The Smart Rural Communities® Grant is an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for community-oriented initiatives, including economic development, education, health care and public safety.
But it’s not simply a grant, because the best applications are not only about technology, but also about working with community leaders. So, tell us who you are; who you are working with; and what you plan to do. Describe the anticipated impacts that will result from your proposal, its costs and how it will improve life in your community.
Recipients will receive double matching funds to complete collaborative undertakings that use local broadband networks to improve and advance rural life.
The full terms and conditions of the Smart Rural Communities Grant are contained in the program guidelines. Applicants are advised to review those guidelines prior to submitting an application.
What is Smart Rural Communities looking for?
Smart Rural Communities seeks innovative, broadband-enabled applications that will improve economic development, education, health care, and other services and industries in rural areas. Tell us about the application(s) and/or technology intended to be deployed, the purposes intended to be served and the underlying network infrastructure necessary to support the services. Describe collaborative efforts undertaken with other local interests to develop the proposal and the anticipated impacts of implementation.
Are there matching funds requirements?
Applicants must provide a detailed budget and schedule of anticipated expenditures. Applicants must demonstrate at least 50% (fifty percent) in matching funds from third-party sources; preference will be given to matching fund commitments from parties with whom the Applicant is collaborating.
How long should the application be?
Applications shall not exceed 2,000 words.
When are applications due?
Proposals must be received no later than December 1. Mailed proposals must be postmarked by this date.
Signed original proposals must be enclosed in a sealed envelope or package and mailed to:
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Smart Rural Communities Grant
4121 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22203
Applicants can submit electronically a signed copy of the original application. However, NTCA also must receive via mail the original signed copy. Applications that are submitted electronically before the deadline will be considered accepted even if the original signed version arrives after the deadline due to a mail or other delivery delay. Electronic proposals can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.