The Rural eConnectivity Program

The summary for the The Rural eConnectivity Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Rural Utilities Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
The Rural eConnectivity Program: The Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect) Program provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. In facilitating the expansion of broadband services and infrastructure, the program will fuel long-term economic development and opportunities in rural America. The ReConnect Program is authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-141), which directs the program to be conducted under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq ). The policies and procedures for the ReConnect Program are codified in a final rule, 7 CFR part 1740, that was published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2021 (86 FR 11603). The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to announce that it is accepting applications for the ReConnect Program. In addition, the NOFO defines requirements that are determined at the time a funding announcement is published, as outlined in the regulation. Beginning on March 22, 2024, applications can be submitted through the RUS on-line application portal until 11:59 a.m. Eastern on May 21, 2024. Applications will not be accepted after May 21, 2024 until a new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an additional NOFO in the Federal Register . The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities: Assisting rural communities recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure. Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects. Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the ReConnect Program Application Guide and program resources. This Program Guide and program resources can be found at Applications must be submitted through the RUS on-line application system available on the program web site at Please submit any ReConnect questions or comments using our Contact Us Form.
Federal Grant Title: The Rural eConnectivity Program
Federal Agency Name: Rural Utilities Service (USDA-RUS)
Grant Categories: Business and Commerce, Community Development, Regional Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RUS-REC-2024-1
Type of Funding: Other
CFDA Numbers: 10.752
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: May 21st, 2024
Original Application Deadline: May 21st, 2024
Posted Date: February 21st, 2024
Creation Date: February 21st, 2024
Archive Date: June 21st, 2024
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $25,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Last Updated: February 21st, 2024
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments - County governments - City or township governments - Special district governments - Independent school districts - Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) - Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities - Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) - Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education - For-profit organizations other than small businesses - Small businesses - Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Cooperatives or Mutual Organizations and Limited Liability Partnerships are eligible to apply.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
ReConnect Program Website
Grant Announcement Contact
Christopher Proctor
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