USDA Posts Notice of Funding Availability for Community Connect Grants

Timing is everything!  Earlier today, we posted information about a program to help small rural communities gain access to the internet.  We have now learned that USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year 2013.  To view the complete FR Notice of Funds Availability, please go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-11/pdf/2013-13827.pdf.  This notice also includes information about the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1739, subpart A.

Applications are available at:  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/utp_commconnect.html.  According to the FR Notice, you may submit completed applications for grants on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines:

• Paper copies must carry proof of shipping no later than July 11, 2013 to be eligible for FY 2013 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2013 grant funding.

• Electronic copies must be received by July 11, 2013 to be eligible for FY 2013 grant funding. Late applications are not eligible for FY 2013 grant funding.

Submit completed paper applications for grants to the Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 2868, STOP 1599, Washington, DC 20250–1599. Applications should be marked ‘‘Attention: Director, Broadband Division, Rural Utilities Service.’’

Submit electronic grant applications at http://www.grants.gov, following the instructions you find on that Web site.

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