U.S. Cable Industry Announces New
K-12 Bridge to Broadband Initiative to Help Connect Students to Broadband for Remote and Hybrid Learning
Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT), and Broadband Program
$25 Million: The DLT grant program supports rural communities’ access to telecommunications, audio and video equipment, as well as related advanced technologies for students, teachers and medical professionals.
- USDA Press Release
- Grant App Deadline: 7/13/20 - (Link provides the who, what, how, guidelines, etc.)
Federal Communications Commission - Telehealth
$200 Million: For the Federal Communications Commission to support the efforts of health-care providers to address coronavirus by providing telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services.
- The FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Initiative,” ties right into our mission of connecting Americans for the future.
- The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services.
- Telehealth Program is limited to sort by nonprofit and public eligible health care providers that fall within the categories of health care providers in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the 1996 Act.
- This is NOT a grant program.
- DUE DATE: No deadline has been set for the filing of COVID-19 Telehealth Program applications. Applications may be filed beginning at 12:00 PM (ET) on April 13, 2020, and funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The Commission will continue to accept and review applications until the funding is exhausted or the current COVID-19 pandemic has ended.
- To register and create an FCC account to obtain a FCC Registration Number (FRN) Click Here.
- To learn more about eligibility and to submit an ONLINE APPLICATION, visit fcc.gov/covid19telehealth. Here lists the purpose of the initiative.
Public Health Data Surveillance and Infrastructure Modernization
$500 Million: Funding to invest in better COVID-19 tools and build state and local public health data infrastructure.
- View the Brochure
- The CDC's Public Health Data Modernization Initiative is designed to invest in new and upgraded technologies that detect, track and analyze trends around disease outbreaks.
- Efforts include modernizing current software systems and tools, increasing interoperability with stakeholder systems, coordinating IT investments and expanding public and private partnerships to monitor the spread of viruses and other health issues. Another initiative flags needed enhancements to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System to improve data collection, sharing and analysis across the public-health sector as well as acceleration of electronic laboratory reporting.
- Click here for more information:
Elementary and Secondary Education – Education Stabilization Fund
$13.5 Billion: Over $13 billion in formula funding directly to states, to help schools meet the immediate needs of K-12 districts to improve the use of education technology and support distance education.
- U.S. Dept. of Education, OESE | Education Stabilization Fund | 400 Maryland Ave., SW | Washington, DC 20202-6244
- The Department will make these GRANTS available to States (governor’s offices) most affected by coronavirus.
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
- Grantees and Applicants
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Received $75 million in emergency funds
- To Be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including for fiscal stabilization grants to public telecommunications entities and to maintain programming and services and preserve small and rural stations threatened by declines in non-Federal revenues.
- Provided that such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
$50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services to expand digital network access in areas of the country where such access is lacking, including the purchase of internet-enable devices such as “hotspots”
FCC Connected Care Pilot Program – Covid-19 Telehealth Program
$200 million for the FCC Connected Care Pilot Program to support efforts of health care providers to address coronavirus by using telehealth to connect with patients.
- The new program would offer qualified healthcare providers full funding to buy “telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services during this emergency period.” Applicants are asked to submit a streamlined application to the FCC, whose governing committee would award funds on a rolling basis until the pandemic is over.
- See files: report and order: (W) docx
- Eligible Applicants: COVID-19 Healthcare
- COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers that fall within the categories of health care providers in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the 1996 Act. For more information, see Question 8 of the FAQs.
FCC – Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is the Commission’s next step in bridging the digital divide to efficiently fund the deployment of broadband networks in rural America. Through a two-phase reverse auction mechanism, the FCC will direct up to $20.4 billion over ten years to finance up to gigabit speed broadband networks in unserved rural areas, connecting millions of American homes and businesses to digital opportunity.
- The RDOF Phase I auction is currently scheduled to begin on October 22, 2020 and will target over six million homes and businesses in census blocks that are entirely unserved by voice and broadband with speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps. Phase II will cover locations in census blocks that are partially served, as well as locations not funded in Phase I.
USDA ReConnect and USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine
$125 million in funds through the USDA Rural Development office, including $100 million for USDA ReConnect and $25 million for USDA Rural Utilities Service distance learning, telemedicine and broadband programs.
- There is a second window for funding with a due date of July 13, 2020. This window includes an additional $25 million that Congress recently provided to the program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is providing this additional window for those who were not able to complete applications prior to the first application deadline for the DLT program. Any money not awarded under the first application window will be made available in addition to the $25 million. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.
- Eligible applicants:
- Most State and local governmental entities
- Federally recognized Tribes
- For-profit businesses
- Consortia of eligible entities
- More details, click here.
- Click here to apply.
USDA Community Connect Grants
USDA Community Connect Program offers grants from $100,000-$3 Million for the construction of broadband service in unserved, lower income hard to serve rural areas. USDA - Community Connect Grants
E-Rate Funds - Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Schools and Libraries are eligible for federal funding to deploy broadband to facilities in Indiana. The Indiana State Library oversees the program.
US Economic Development Association
EDA is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for $1.5 billion in economic assistance to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using funds authorized by under the CARES Act that was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27.
- Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n):
- District Organization;
- Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
- State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
- Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
- Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.
- Click here for additional information