RFP Summary provided by the agency
The $60 million State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program—is part of the Digital Equity Act’s larger State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, the purpose of which is to promote the achievement of digital equity, support digital inclusion activities, and build capacity for efforts by States relating to the adoption of broadband by residents of those States. By creating their own State Digital Equity Plans, States can, among other things, identify barriers to digital equity and outline specific measures aimed at addressing those barriers. States that develop State Digital Equity Plans will then be able to apply for funds from the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program to implement those plans. Within one year of the date on which a State is awarded State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program funds, that State must develop a State Digital Equity Plan that includes elements outlined in the statute and herein, solicit and respond to public comments on the draft plan, and finalize that plan. Each State’s State Digital Equity Plan will be a key component of any application the State may later submit seeking a State Digital Equity Capacity Grant.
NTIA strongly encourages States and territories to concurrently participate in the State Digital Equity Planning Grant program and the BEAD program. The BEAD program is a historic $42.5 billion investment in grants to States and territories for broadband planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption projects.
- NTIA website: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/resources/grant-programs/broadband-equity-access-and-deployment-bead-programhttps://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20562/nsf20562.pdf
- Program Application guidance: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20Planning%20Application%20Guidance.pdf
- Pre-NOFO Technical Assistance: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/resources/grant-programs/broadband-equity-access-and-deployment-bead-program#3940
What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
How do you submit to this opportunity?
- Complete applications from States (including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) must be received through the NTIA application portal https://grants.ntia.gov
- The Letters of Intent may be submitted through the NTIA application portal or email [email protected]
Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?
- Each state of the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico is eligible to apply for grants under this program. The governor or equivalent official of each State that wishes to be awarded a grant must designate an Administering Entity for that State to receive and administer the grant.
- Separately, territories or possessions of the United States that are not defined as States for purposes of this program, as well as Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations, are eligible to enter into grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts with NTIA to carry out the activities contemplated in this program.
- May 16, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Bipartisan infrastructure Law Overview
- May 18, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Digital Equity Act Programs
- May 17, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program
- Additional webinars here: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/events/latest-events