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Broadband Florida presentation on the USDA $200M Community Connect grant program. …

Broadband Florida presentation on the USDA $200M Community Connect grant program.
To register for program webinar on Sept 19 go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJP5CR5

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  • 1. USDA Community Connect Grant Webinar & Grants AssistanceLauren HarrisBroadband Florida Grants AssistanceAugust 17, 2012REDI Conference Call
  • 2. Broadband Grants Assistance Team
  • 3. Who we areBroadband Assistance Grants Team• Florida Department of Management Services’ (DMS)• Broadband Florida Initiative• Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 3
  • 4. Who we areMission: Provide technical assistance for grantapplication development to Community AnchorInstitutions at no cost in Florida in order to: – Reduce the digital divide – Increase the digital economy – Improve Florida’s performance on federal and other competitive grant applications 4
  • 5. What do we offer? What services do we offer? – Grants research – Grant writing resources and training – Project management – Partnership development support – Grant funding opportunity announcements • Broadband Grants Digest eNewsletter • Website 5
  • 6. Who we assist?Who do we assist? Community anchor institutions (CAI) are eligible for our services. CAI are defined by the NTIA as : • Schools • Libraries • Medical and Healthcare Providers • Public Safety • Institutions of Higher Education • Community Support Organizations • Entities that facilitate greater use of broadband services 6
  • 7. USDA Rural Utilities ServiceCommunity Connect Grant FY 2014
  • 8. PurposeThe Community Connect Grant Program isdesigned to provide financial assistance to furnishbroadband service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service doesnot currently exist. 8
  • 9. Purpose Grant funds may be utilized to: – Deploy broadband transmission service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses – Construct, acquire, or expand a community center – Equip and operate a community center that provides free access to broadband services to community residents for at least two years 9
  • 10. Purpose What is Funded? – Broadband System: – Community Center: • Network equipment • 10 computers for the • Outside plant community center, etc. • CPE, towers • Building construction • Tower lease • Facility improvements • Engineering service – Operating Expenses • Salaries • Maintenance costs 10
  • 11. Funding Over 3 years: – Minimum grant request amount is: $100,000 – Maximum grant request amount is: $1,500,000 Match: – At least 15% of the grant amount requested – Matching contributions are for allowable costs that could have been financed with grant funds 11
  • 12. Who can apply?Entities Eligible to Apply:• Incorporated organization• Indian Tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c)• State or local unit of government• A cooperative, private corporation or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis. 12
  • 13. Scoring The application scoring is based on three (3) criteria:Objective 1. Rurality (up to 40 points) 2. Economic Need (up to 30 points)Subjective 3. Benefits Derived (up to 30 points)Sample Ideal Community Profile (60/70 points)• Up to 1,000 Residents• Community MHI ≤$26,213.55 (55th percentile or lower) 13
  • 14. Scoring FocusRurality (40 Points) Smallest communities are best positioned to receive funding Not in Level Over Points Excess of 1 0 499 40 2 499 1000 35 3 1000 2000 30 4 2000 3000 25 5 3000 4000 20 6 4000 5000 15 7 5000 10000 10 8 10000 20000 5 14
  • 15. Scoring FocusEconomic Need (30 Points) Communities with MHI in the 60th percentile or lower are best positioned to receive funding. Median Household Income is: Percent (%) of Percent (%) of MHI Community MHI MHI Less Greater Than or is ≤ Points Than: Equal To: > 75 ≥ $35,745.75 0 75 70 < $35,745.75 5 70 65 < $33,362.70 10 65 60 < $30,979.65 15 60 55 < $28,596.60 20 55 50 < $26,213.55 25 50 < < $23,830.50 30(Percentile = Community MHI/ State MHI)Median Household Income for Florida (2006-2010) is $47,661. (U.S. Census Bureau)Applicant Community MHI must be $35,745.75 or lower to qualify. 15
  • 16. Scoring FocusBenefits Derived (30 Points)• Discuss issues and challenges facing this community and how the applicant’s proposal will address them• Document community’s involvement in project planning, implementation, and support by local residents, institutions, and critical community facilities• Describe how the community center will be used for instructional purposes including Internet usage• List Web-based community resources enabled or provided at the Community Center 16
  • 17. Funding Expected Funding Dates • Funding Announcements May 2013 • Deadline June 2013 Webinar • Look for invitation to the webinar – September 19, 2012 – 12:00 Noon. – To register email Lauren.Harris@dms.myflorida.com – For more information, see the Broadband Grant Team Website 17