• Important funding updates from the Washington State Broadband Office

    November 12, 2021

    Matching Grant application changes

    In response to new federal funding opportunities such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Broadband ReConnect grants, or others that may be included in proposed federal infrastructure investments, the Washington State Broadband Office announces the following changes to our Matching Grant program:
    • Deadline extension. The Matching Grant application deadline of Nov. 15, 2021 has been extended until all funds are committed.
    • Temporary application suspension. The application portal is currently closed to allow for updates that coincide with new federal funding opportunities. Please note that all information in applications currently in process will be preserved in the system.
    • Applications resume Nov. 29. The application portal will be available again on Nov. 29, 2021 and will remain open until all funds are committed.
    Eligible applicants: 
    • Local governments 
    • Federally recognized Tribes
    • Nonprofit organizations and nonprofit cooperative organizations
    • Public-private partnerships

    COMING SOON: USDA Broadband ReConnect application opens Nov. 24

    Grants and loans are available for broadband construction, improvement and acquisition needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas through the our federal partner, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). 
    USDA's Broadband ReConnect Program will accept applications from Nov. 24, 2021 through Feb. 22, 2022. 
    Corporations, LLCs, cooperatives or mutual organizations, local governments and Tribes are eligible to apply for the ReConnect program.
    We encourage you to review the USDA’s funding announcement to learn more about this opportunity to leverage State Broadband Office and USDA resources. 
    USDA is hosting two webinars in November:  
    1. ReConnect Program Regulation will detail eligibility requirements, the application process and underwriting criteria;  
    2. ReConnect Program Funding Opportunity will provide updates on prior funding rounds, scoring criteria for this funding round and a Q&A session. 
    Webinar recordings, transcripts and slides will be posted on the ReConnect website after each session. 


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