• Granting Agency: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Appropriation Amount: $980,000,000
  • Grant Amount: To further meet the equitable distribution requirement of the Act, NTIA will allocate up to $500,000 to each of the Federally Recognized Tribes delineated by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. The $30,000,000 and $500,000 allocations are not funding caps for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands or for Federally Recognized Tribes, respectively, but rather are intended to ensure that program funding is equitably distributed by NTIA to all eligible entities. No match required.
  • Announcement Date: May 26, 2021
  • Closing Date: September 1, 2021

NTIA Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program NOFO
June 16th, 10:30am – 12:20 pm

Purpose: Provide state and local governments with assistance to help implement enforcement and education programs, with the goal of preventing drowning and drain entrapments of children in pools and spas.
NTIA expects to make awards under this program within the following funding ranges:
Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Projects: $1,000,000 to $50,000,000.
Broadband Adoption and Use Projects: $50,000 to $2,500,000.

Eligible Expenditures:
Grant funds available under this program may be used for the following purposes:
(A) Broadband infrastructure deployment projects, including support for the establishment of carrier-neutral submarine cable landing stations; and
(B) Projects that promote the adoption and use of broadband services, including:
(i) affordable broadband programs, such as providing free or reduced-cost broadband service and preventing disconnection of existing broadband service;
(ii) distance learning;
(iii) telehealth;
(iv) digital inclusion efforts; and
(v) broadband adoption activities

Eligible Applicants: Tribal Government, Tribal College, Tribal Organization, or Alaska Native Corporation. There are several instances where applicants will need to obtain a Tribal Government Resolution. Each “eligible entity” must coordinate internally (which includes all departments, subsidiaries, etc.) in submitting its single application. In an instance where one “eligible entity” is a subsidiary of another (e.g., a Tribal Government and a subsidiary Tribal College or University), this shall not affect the subsidiary’s eligibility to submit its own application, so long as it includes the requisite Tribal Government Resolution.