Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and institutions of higher education for training and technical assistance to implement broadband services in rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.
BTA provides financial assistance through cooperative agreements to eligible entities to receive or deliver broadband technical assistance and training and supports the development and expansion of broadband cooperatives.
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Special district governments
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include:
- Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal entities
- State or local governments, including agencies and subdivisions, among others
- Territories or possessions of the United States
- Institutions of higher education (including 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
- Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status
- Cooperatives or mutual organizations
- Limited Liability Companies or Limited Liability Partnerships
What is a rural area:
- For the purposes of BTA, a rural area is defined as “any area not located in a city, town, or incorporated area with a population greater than 20,000, or an urbanized area next to a city, town or incorporated area with a population greater than 50,000 people.” Certain other exclusions apply.
- Eligible areas must be completely contained within a rural area or composed of multiple rural areas. You will find a mapping tool with additional eligibility information at this link: https://ruraldevelopment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b1e653da5781421982fede48a5e064b0
Applications requesting funds for ineligible project costs will be disqualified. For example, you cannot use BTA award funds to pay for:
• Construction in any form
• Activities serving nonrural communities
• Activities supporting communities with existing broadband access
• Duplicative projects funded by another award
• Indirect costs
Note: Indirect costs are defined as “those not readily identified with a particular grant, contract, project function, or activity.” Indirect costs are those necessary for the general operation of the organization and the activities it performs.
Program Application Period:
Applications to be accepted starting April 19. Deadline for applications is June 20, 2023, no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time
You must register in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to registering on Grants.gov. SAM registration is free and available at https://sam.gov/content/home. Keep in mind that registration can take 12 – 15 business days. It also takes an additional 24 hours for Grants.gov to recognize your SAM information. You should plan accordingly, and begin these processes well in advance of the application deadline.