State of Iowa - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
02/25/21 5:00 PM CST
Grants to Iowa private sector carriers, school districts, local governments, and utilities in eligible locations to provide high-speed internet service to local residents. Funding is intended to mitigate internet access concerns exacerbated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This Empower Rural Iowa, Emergency Broadband Expansion Program will benefit residents and businesses as the need for distance learning, telework, telehealth, and other remote services continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020, either no Communications Service Provider Facilitated at least 25/3 Broadband, or otherwise any area that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available Broadband
The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Responsible Applicants for the build out of Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will provide the greatest overall impact in furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Targeted Service Areas of the State. Applications must provide a demonstrable nexus to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services.
Consistent with the foregoing, the Office is seeking Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide or incentivize expansion of a minimum of 25/3 Broadband to Targeted Service Areas in the State of Iowa. Provided there is a demonstrable nexus to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services, Applicant’s proposals may accomplish this by reducing or eliminating Targeted Service Areas through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates Broadband service at speeds equal to at least 25/3 Broadband, 50/5 Broadband, or speeds equal to or greater than 100/100 Broadband.
Allowable Expenditures can be found at https://ocio.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/exhibit_a_-_notice_of_funding_availability_nofa_005_final.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 185366
The Office may, in its sole discretion, Award the entire amount available under this NOFA to a single Applicant, or to multiple Applicants.
Projects must be completed as soon as possible, however 100% of the project must be completed by no later than December 1, 2021.
Expenses must be incurred prior to the Project Completion Date, but no later than December 1, 2021
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Written questions related to this NOFA must be submitted to the Office by email to email@example.com.
Office of the Chief Information Officer
200 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 281-5503
(515) 281-5703 or (800) 532-1174
Targeted Service Area: https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-3
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