What is Smart Rural Communities looking for?
Smart Rural Communities seeks innovative, broadband-enabled solutions that will improve economic development, education, health care, and other services and industries in rural areas.
How should the application be structured?
It’s simple! Tell us what you want to do, with whom you want to do it, and how you will do it. Your application should answer the following questions:
- Describe the purposes intended to be served. What will the Grant support? What is the need in the community you seek to fulfill?
- Tell us about the application(s) and/or technology intended to be deployed and the underlying network infrastructure necessary to support the services. What solution will you provide? How will it leverage the assets of your broadband network?
- Describe collaborative efforts undertaken with other local interests to develop the proposal and the anticipated impacts of implementation. With whom are you working? How are you working together?
- Share the anticipated budget and arrangements for matching funds.
Please see “The Fine Print,” below, for the full program guidelines.
What are the 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. Matching funds can also be goods or “in kind” services at fair market value.
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 31. 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.