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Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program

Grants to Iowa Local Governments, Private Sector
Carriers, and Utilities to Provide Broadband Service

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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State of Iowa - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

Deadline Date:

11/22/20 5:00 PM CDT

Description:

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Grants to Iowa local governments, private sector carriers, utilities, and other entities in eligible locations to provide broadband service to local residents. Funding must facilitate at least 25/3 broadband service in targeted areas that are underserved or without available broadband service. Applicants must provide services in Targeted Service Areas, within which, as of July 31, 2020, no Communications Service Provider Facilitated 25/3 Broadband; or that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available 25/3 Broadband.

Purpose

  • In accordance with Iowa Code section 8B.11 and corresponding implementing rules found at Iowa Administrative Code 129—22,1 the purpose of this 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 and Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband in the Targeted Service Areas forming the basis of the Projects. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020, no Communications Service Provider Facilitated 25/3 Broadband; or that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available 25/3 Broadband. 

Project Definition/Identification

  • A Project means a proposed installation of Broadband Infrastructure by a Communications Service Provider that Facilitates at 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, whichever is applicable, in one or more Targeted Service Areas. For purposes of this Program, Applicants must identify their Projects in terms of the Targeted Service Areas in which their Projects will Facilitate 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, whichever is applicable. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185366

Number of Grants:

4950000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total amount of State funds sought may not exceed thirty-five percent (35%) of Applicant’s estimated Total Project Cost.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by no later than five (5) years from the date this NOFA is issued.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

-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.

-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.

-The Office will not entertain offers from Applicants that seek to substitute an award of funds granted under this NOFA for any funds awarded to the same Applicant to build in the same Project area under any prior grant rounds administered by the Office. For the sake of clarity, an award under this NOFA will not be offered for Census Blocks or Broadband Blocks for which a prior Award has been accepted by the Applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline
-NOFA #004 Issued: 10/23/2020
-Written Questions Due By: 10/28/2020
-Responses Posted By: 10/29/2020
-Application Acceptance Window Opens: 10/29/2020
-Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due: 11/22/2020, 5:00 PM CDT
-Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins: 11/23/2020
-Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends: 12/2/2020
-Applications Posted Online for Public Comment and Validation Process: 12/4/2020
-Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to members of Review Committee: 12/4/2020
-Office Review Begins: 12/7/2020
-Public Comment/Validation Process and Review Committee Periods Conclude: 12/16/2020
-Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued: 12/18/2020
-Contracting Process Begins: 1/4/2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://entaa.iowa.gov/entaa/sso?appId=DOM_GMS&callingApp=https://www.iowagrants.gov/login.do&tab=createacct

Written questions related to this NOFA must be submitted to the Office by email, to ociogrants@iowa.gov.

Office of the Chief Information Officer
200 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 281-5503

Support Desk:
(515) 281-5703 or (800) 532-1174

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa

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