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Missouri Broadband Grant Program

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Businesses to Expand Internet Access

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)

Deadline Date:

01/07/20 4:00 PM CDT

Description:

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Grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses to provide internet service infrastructure in eligible areas of the state. Funding is intended for the construction of facilities, finalizing engineering and construction plans, permitting, installation, and validation of service.

The focus of this grant program is to provide state resources that help providers, communities, counties, and regions invest in building broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the state.

Eligible Areas:

Grant funding can be used only to pay for costs associated with deployment of broadband to unserved and underserved areas.

  • An unserved area is a project area without access to wireline or fixed wireless broadband internet service with speeds of at least 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload.
  • An underserved area is a project area that currently has a minimum of 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, but does not yet achieve 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (e.g. has speeds between 10/1 and 25/3 Mbps download/upload).
  • Proposed service areas are required to be contiguous.
  • The most recent available data from the FCC Form 477 will be used to determine existing available broadband service.
  • If the applicant believes the available broadband service is overstated and seeks to apply, the applicant is required to provide additional information sufficient to demonstrate that the proposed service area is, in fact, unserved or underserved so as to be eligible for grant funding.
  • Applications must include a map file (acceptable formats: .shp, .kml, or .kmz) of the proposed service area.

Eligible Expenses:

Applicants can fund only the acquisition and installation of retail broadband internet service with baseline speeds of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload in the area proposed to be served. Examples of generally eligible project costs include:

  • Construction of broadband facilities,
  • Final engineering and construction plans,
  • Permitting,
  • Installation, and
  • Validation of service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187513

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request is $5 million. Projects requesting $500,000 or less in grant assistance will be given higher priority to ensure the maximum number of projects can be accomplished with the limited funding available.

Term of Contract:

The department desires all awarded projects to be completed as expediently as possible and will track progress based on the submitted work plan and timeline. The department also understands the construction of infrastructure is at the mercy of weather, available materials, and contractors.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements:
Applicants eligible for grants awarded include:
1. Corporations, or their affiliates, registered in this state;
2. Incorporated businesses or partnerships in this state;
3. Limited liability companies registered in this state;
4. Nonprofit organizations registered in this state;
5. Political subdivisions; and
6. Rural electric cooperatives organized under chapter 394 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and their broadband affiliates.

Ineligible areas:
Project areas where funding from the Connect America Fund has been awarded, where high-cost support from the federal Universal Service Fund has been received by rate of return carriers, or where any other federal funding has been awarded which did not require any matching-fund component, will not receive grant assistance. Additionally, grant funds shall not be used to serve any retail end user that already has access to wireline or fixed wireless broadband internet service of speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.

Examples of ineligible project costs include:
- General broadband planning not associated with the project area,
- Operational expenses, and
- Middle-mile infrastructure that is not directly servicing the project area, where no infrastructures exists.

Pre-Application Information:

Program timeline:
- November 5: Grant Guidelines, Selection Criteria, Application and FAQ posted
- November 20: Webinar for prospective applicants
- December 5: Grant cycle begins
- January 7: Applications due by 4:00 p.m. CDT
- January 10: Applicants posted on DED Broadband Grant webpage, Challenge process begins
- February 24: Challenge process closes
- March 5: Grant awards announced

Total government assistance and grant award can cover as much as, but may not exceed, 50% of eligible project expenses.

Applicants with additional local match will receive graduated points in the scoring process. Leveraged resources, such as in-kind contributions, will need to be identified on the project budget, but are not considered a part of the match.

Grant fund disbursement will be available on a monthly basis for eligible expenses incurred.

View the Webinar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duXnx9kBVY0&feature=youtu.be

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri