Securing funding is often one of the most significant obstacles when working to bring a broadband project to fruition. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new national focus to broadband access—and with it, an influx of available dollars. Today, there are several robust federal funding opportunities for broadband deployment and adoption initiatives. In addition, most states have created broadband funding programs of their own. In short, today’s broadband funding streams represent an unprecedented opportunity for investment that could definitively shift the national broadband landscape for the better.
Each federal and state program has a different set of eligibility criteria, deadline cycles, and application requirements and best practices. Strategically applying for programs that are a best fit is one of the most effective ways to maximize the time and resources needed to complete an application. The following resources provide an excellent starting point for anyone looking to navigate the broadband funding programs that are currently available:
Federal funding guide
This interactive website provides information about federal broadband funding programs, and allows the user to sort information by agency, eligible entity, and program purpose.
Guide to federal broadband funding opportunities in the U.S.
This guide offers an overview of federal funding options that could provide financial support to Tribal, state, and local governments and utilities in their efforts to expand broadband infrastructure. It also explains how broadband can be more widely deployed.
Tribal broadband funding dashboard
This interactive flowchart lists the broadband funding available to Tribal communities, including federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Villages, Hawaiian Homelands, non-federally recognized Tribes, and Tribal broadband providers.
The largest U.S. investment in broadband adoption ever
This resource describes the aspects of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that are related to broadband adoption.
The largest U.S. investment in broadband deployment ever
This resource describes the aspects of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that are related to broadband deployment.
How the infrastructure investment and jobs act will make broadband more affordable
This resource describes the aspects of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that are related to broadband affordability.