Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Commerce (DoC)


    The purpose of the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program is to award grants to support efforts to achieve digital equity, promote digital inclusion activities, and spur greater adoption of broadband among underserved populations.

    Eligible activities include:

    • developing and implement digital inclusion activities that benefit covered populations
    • facilitating the adoption of broadband by underserved populations in order to provide educational and employment opportunities to those populations.
    • implementing training programs for underserved populations that cover basic, advanced, and applied skills; or other workforce development programs.
    • To make available equipment, instrumentation, networking capability, hardware and software, or digital network technology for broadband services to underserved populations at low or no cost.
    • To construct, upgrade, expand, or operate new or existing public access computing centers for covered populations through community anchor institutions.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    When evaluating applications, the Department of Commerce will consider the comparative geographic diversity of applicants and the extent to which an applicant's project duplicates or conflicts with other applicants' projects.



  • Eligibility Details

    The following organizations are eligible to apply:

    • A political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of a State, including an agency of a State that is responsible for administering or supervising adult education and literacy activities, or for providing public housing, in the State.
    • An Indian Tribe, an Alaska Native entity, or a Native Hawaiian organization.
    • A foundation, corporation, institution, or association that is—
      • a not-for-profit entity; and
      • not a school.
    • A community anchor institution. 
    • A local educational agency.
    • An entity that carries out a workforce development program
    • A partnership between any of the entities above

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines are to be announced.

    Award Details

    $250 million will be available annually for the first five fiscal years of this program. Grant funds must be expended within four years of the award date. Cost-sharing of at least 10% is required.

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