Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development National Tribal Broadband Grant Feasibility Study Funding
The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is soliciting proposals from Indian Tribes for grant funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for deployment or expansion of high-speed internet (broadband) transmitted, variously, through digital subscriber line (DSL), cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite, and broadband over power lines (BPL).
Grants may be used to fund an assessment of the current broadband services, if any, that are available to an applicant’s community; an engineering assessment of new or expanded broadband services; an estimate of the cost of building or expanding a broadband network; a determination of the transmission medium(s) that will be employed; identification of potential funding and/or financing for the network; and consideration of financial and practical risks associated with developing a broadband network.
The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality of life, spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for self-employment, enhance educational resources and remote learning opportunities, and meet emergency and law enforcement needs by bringing broadband to Native American communities that lack them. Feasibility studies funded will assist Tribes to make informed decisions regarding deployment or expansion of broadband in their communities.
Eligible Applicants: Federally Recognized Tribes/Tribal Governments
Maximum Grant Request: $50,000
Deadline: June 15, 2020