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Community Connect Broadband Grant Program Rural Development 1400 Independence Ave. Washington, DC 20250 www.usda.gov/rus/ Presenter: Alyssa Clemsen General Information What is Community Connect? Annual Grant Program Created 2002

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Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

Rural Development

1400 Independence Ave.

Washington, DC 20250

www.usda.gov/rus/

Presenter:

Alyssa Clemsen

general information
General Information

What is Community Connect?

  • Annual Grant Program
  • Created 2002
  • Provides rural communities with: broadband service and a community center
program facts
Program Facts
  • Over $57 million in grants
  • 129 Communities
  • 26 States and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
  • 4 Technologies (Wireless, DSL, Cable, and Fiber)
fy 2007 funding
FY 2007 Funding
  • Budget
    • $8.9 million
  • Notice of Funds Availability
    • July 5, 2007
  • Due Date
    • August 20, 2007
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How?

How can my community apply for a grant?

  • Get informed
  • Determine community eligibility
  • Determine project eligibility
  • Complete Application
  • Submit Application
get informed
Get Informed
  • Go to website http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect.htm
  • Contact GFR

http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/staff/gfr-by-state-list.htm

  • Contact Headquarters

alyssa.clemsen@wdc.usda.gov

(202) 205-5042

eligible community
Eligible Community
  • Community found on the US Census
  • One Community
  • No broadband
  • Less than 20,000 people
eligible project
Eligible Project
  • Type of Applicant

Incorporated organization

Indian Tribe or Tribal Organization

State or local unit of government

Cooperative or LLC

  • Broadband to residences and businesses
eligible project continued
Eligible Project(Continued)
  • Community Center

Free to the Public

Ten Computers

  • Free broadband to Critical Facilities
new for 2007
New for 2007
  • Allowable Operating Expenses – 2 Years
    • Operations Manager: $30,000
    • Technical Support: $30,000
    • Community Center Staff: $25,000
    • Bandwidth: $25,000
    • Training Courses: $15,000
other pertinent information
Other Pertinent Information
  • Minimum Grant Request
    • $50,000
  • Maximum Grant Request
    • $1,000,000
completing application
Completing Application
  • Application on websitehttp://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect.htm
  • Grants.gov
  • 60 day window of completion
submitting application
Submitting Application
  • Mail

legible dated postmark

legible mail receipt

dated shipping label

  • Hand
  • Electronically
things to avoid
Things to Avoid
  • Using ineligible/insufficient matching funds
  • Using a Census tract/Multiple communities
  • Missing the deadline
  • Excessive Operating Expenses

When in doubt, ASK!

review process
Review Process
  • Log Application
  • Reviewed for eligibility
  • Eligible applications scored
  • Broadband availability finding
  • Grants ranked by score
  • Awards announced
post award
Post Award
  • Check ceremony
  • Grant Documents
  • Submit Requests for funding
program updates
Program Updates
  • We recognize a need for some program updates to make the Community Connect Grant Program more user friendly
  • Please check out our website for updates about Fiscal Year 2007:

http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect.htm

questions
Questions

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have.