ReConnect Program — This existing Department of Agriculture program will provide almost $2 billion in loans and grants for projects that provide broadband in rural areas. Applications will likely open in the 3rd quarter of 2022 (and towns in rural areas can apply to the current $1.15B in loans and grant funding, application deadline: February 22, 2022).
Middle Mile Grants Program — This new $1 billion program at the Department of Commerce provides grants for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle-mile broadband infrastructure. Applications will likely open during the second quarter of 2022.
Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program — This $1.25 billion program provides resources to expand the deployment of the broadband to provide greater economic and education opportunities to populations without reliable access. It will be available to counties, cities, nonprofits, and other eligible entities. Applications will be announced.
State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program — This new $1 billion program at the Department of Homeland Security makes available federal funds to state, local, and tribal governments to address cybersecurity risks and cybersecurity threats to information systems that they own or operate. Applications will likely open during the third quarter of 2022.
Smart Grid Investment Grant Program and Energy Sector Operational Support For Cyber Resilience Program — These two Department of Energy programs will provide $3 billion and $50 million, respectively, for electric utilities, including municipal and co-operative utilities, to modernize the electricity grid and increase resilience to cybersecurity threats. Applications for the Smart Grid program are expected to be open by the end of 2022, and applications for the Cyber Resilience program are expected to be open in the Summer of 2022.