Grant Details

Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program (Iowa)

 
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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology

    Authority

    Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer

    Summary

    The Office of the Chief Information Officer administers a broadband grant program designed to award reduce or eliminate unserved and underserved areas in the state, leveraging federal funds and public and private partnerships where possible, by awarding grants to communications service providers that reduce or eliminate targeted service areas by installing broadband infrastructure that facilitates broadband service in targeted service areas.


    The purpose of this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to solicit Applications from Communications Service Providers for Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will have the greatest overall effect of reducing or eliminating Unserved or Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations as will be published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map on July 1, 2021. These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available. Funds shall be distributed across the following categories:

    • 80% to Projects that will Facilitate 100/100 Broadband or faster in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Targeted Service Areas, or 100/20 Broadband or faster in Tier 1 Targeted Service Areas.
    • 20% to Projects that will Facilitate Broadband in Difficult to Serve Areas.
     

    History of Funding

    NOFA #007 awards are available to view here: https://ocio.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/noia_for_nofa_007_-_broadband_grants_program.pdf?


    In 2021, approximately $15 million was available under NOFA #005 and approximately $97.5 million under NOFA #006.


    In 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, $5 million in new program funds were made available for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. This funding was distributed through Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #003.


    In 2019, $5 million in new program funds were made available for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. This funding was distributed through Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #002.


    In 2018, $1.3 million in program funds was made available for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. This funding was distributed through Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #001. 

    Additional Information

    Every Targeted Service Area is designated a tier type. The tier is determined by the existing speeds offered within the census block, and reflected on the Broadband Availability Map version 4. Each tier is defined as follows:

    • Tier 1” means a maximum download speed of less than 25 megabits per second and a maximum upload speed of less than three megabits per second.
    • Tier 2” means a minimum download speed of greater than or equal to 25 megabits per second but less than 50 megabits per second. No minimum upload speed is applicable for Tier 2.
    • Tier 3” means a minimum download speed of greater than or equal to 50 megabits per second but less than or equal to 80 megabits per second. No minimum upload speed is applicable for Tier 3.

    Contacts

    OCIO Staff

    OCIO Staff
    1305 E. Walnut Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    (515) 281-5503
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Applicants/Projects must meet each of the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered:

    1. Persons eligible to submit Applications in accordance with this NOFA include any Communications Service Provider as defined by Iowa Code chapter 8B, including but not limited to private sector carriers, local governments, utilities, and other entities that provide or intend to provide Broadband service.
    2. Persons submitting Applications must be the entity that will be performing the proposed work, or an entity with a substantial ownership interest in the entity that will be performing the proposed work. While Applicants may hire or work with consulting firms to prepare their Applications, an Application may not be presented or framed as work to be performed by a consulting firm and may not be signed by a representative of the consulting firm. Instead, the Application must be presented and framed as work to be performed by an appropriate Applicant and signed by an Authorized Official of Applicant's.
    3. Projects may only consist of activities resulting in the delivery of Broadband within the geographic boundaries of the State of Iowa.
    4. Projects must Facilitate at least 100/100 or 100/20 Broadband service.
    5. Projects must be completed by April 30, 2025.

    Deadline Details

    Applications for NOFA #007 were to be submitted by November 22, 2021, 5:00 PM CDT. Additional Notices of Funding Availability are anticipated but have not yet been announced.

    Award Details

    Up to $200,000,000 is available in funding from Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #007. The total amount of funds sought under this NOFA may not exceed 60% of total project cost.


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