Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund
The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), allows the Governor to provide support to local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) with an application focus on developing and improving the availability of distance/remote learning techniques and technologies. Indiana received $61.6 million in GEER funding.
- To address these current and future challenges, this grant program will focus on the following objectives:
- Device Availability – Address the urgent need for access to digital learning devices to support distance/remote learning for students in PK-12.
- Connectivity – Develop comprehensive community-level and regional-level solutions to address gaps in internet connectivity for distance/remote learning.
- Educator Capacity – Support partnerships between higher education and PK-12 to develop professional development and curriculum curation opportunities as educators throughout Indiana continue to build expertise in distance/remote learning.
- Application Deadline: July 17th
OCRA: COVID-19 Response: Phase 2 Program
COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on Indiana’s rural communities. Funds are derived from the State’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation and guidance was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on how the funds were to be used.
- Eligible applicants include non-entitlement local units of government and can apply for up to $250,000.
- Deadline for Proposal: June 26th
- Deadline for Application: July 31st
- Click here for additional information.
OCRA: Broadband Readiness Pilot Program
This new plan will help communities gain an understanding of their current broadband conditions and needs, create a long-term vision of broadband in their community, and identify options for achieving that vision. The plan will have to meet all the normal CDBG program criteria, and the grant amount will be a minimum of $50,000. The communities were announced on Wednesday, September 12. Click here to read the full press release: Crouch, OCRA announce recipients of broadband planning grant. To learn more about the next steps for these communities, watch this informational webinar and view more information.
- Download the Broadband Ready Facts
OCRA: Next Level Connections Broadband Program
The Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant Program is designed to promulgate access to reliable and affordable broadband service to all areas of the state, which is necessary for a highly functioning 21st century economy. This is a part of Governor Holcomb’s broader Next Level Connections infrastructure program. The program builds upon investments made through industry funds, along with prior and ongoing grant programs. Yet, there are still areas of Indiana that remain unserved for a range of economic and topographical considerations. Purdue University found that Indiana has the potential to gain billions in economic benefits over 20 years with full deployment of broadband into rural areas.