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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Implement Broadband Services in Rural Areas

Broadband Technical Assistance


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development (RD)
CFDA Number: 10.752
Funding or PIN Number: RUS-BTA-2023
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/20/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
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.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • 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
  • Small businesses
  • 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
- Corporations
- 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:

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.

Pre-Application Information
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 SAM registration is free and available at Keep in mind that registration can take 12 – 15 business days. It also takes an additional 24 hours for to recognize your SAM information. You should plan accordingly, and begin these processes well in advance of the application deadline.

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Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $50,000

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