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Broadband for Montana Schools Program

Grants to Montana K-12 Public Schools to Provide
Students with High-Speed Broadband Internet

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Department of Commerce - Community Development Division

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 - Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until May 1, 2019, 5:00 PM MST

Description:

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Grants to Montana K-12 public schools to construct broadband networks and facilities. Funding is intended to provide students with high-speed broadband internet needed for digital and blended education opportunities. Priority will be determined according to the school’s level of poverty, geographic location, costs of megabytes, and bandwidth per student.

The Broadband for Montana Schools Program application process will evaluate proposals to leverage FCC E-rate funds to achieve the goal of providing broadband access and related technologies to Montana students.

State match funding may be requested for Category One services for construction of broadband networks or facilities only. Eligible projects deploy new fiber or upgraded facilities to FCC E-rate Program eligible locations and are the upfront, non-recurring costs of such installations or upgrades. Projects may consist of three eligible components; (1) construction of network facilities; (2) design and engineering; and (3) project management.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182141

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Term of Contract:

All activities and projects funding through the Broadband for Montana Schools Program must be expended on or before June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Broadband for Montana Schools State matching funds for eligible services are available to any public school which serves Montana K-12 students, including elementary schools, high schools, K-12 school districts, and consortium of K-12 schools, as those entities are defined in Title 20, Chapter 6, MCA for special construction projects.

Non-public school districts are not eligible for the Broadband for Montana Schools program. Article V, Section 11 and Article X, Section 6 of the Montana Constitution prohibits the appropriation of state funds for religious, charitable, industrial, educational, or benevolent purposes to any private individual, private association, or private corporation not under the control of the State.

Eligible applicants may submit a project proposal for a single school or multiple schools in a single application or in multiple applications. An applicant must identify the Legal Entity Number(s) (LE#(s)) and each individual school name that is part of the proposed project.

All applicants should have the management capacity to undertake and satisfactorily complete the project applied for and assure proper management of Broadband for Montana Schools State match for eligible services.

Pre-Application Information:

State matching funds are available on a first come, first served basis.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until beginning August 1, 2017 until May 1, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Broadband for Montana Schools Program staff with any questions they have concerning application submittal and requirements. Commerce is committed to assisting all K-12 public schools, school districts, and consortiums in applying for the Broadband for Montana Schools Program State matching funds for eligible Category One services.

Important Dates:

- August 1, 2017: Broadband for Montana Schools applications will be available for State matching funds for Category One special construction projects on the program website.
- Ongoing: Commerce approval and/or award notifications.
- May 1, 2019: The Broadband for Montana Schools Program application window closes at 5:00 PM MST.
- June 30, 2022: The last day to submit a request for funds of State matching for Category One special construction projects (or as established in a Contract with Commerce).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Broadband for Montana Schools Program
Community Development Division
Montana Department of Commerce
301 S Park Ave
PO Box 200523
Helena, MT 59620-0523

DOCBroadband@mt.gov

Phone: (406) 841-2770
Fax: (406) 841-2771

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana