State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program

To establish a competitive grant program to develop and implement statewide initiatives to identify and track the availability and adoption of broadband services within each State.



Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding under the State Broadband Data and Development Grants Program will be awarded to provide for the collection of mapping data and the creation of a geographic broadband inventory map, within each state, so as to promote the development and maintenance of a comprehensive nationwide inventory map of existing broadband service capability and availability in the United States.

Though priority will be given to mapping-related uses, other uses provided for by the statute include: identification and tracking of low broadband deployment levels, broadband adoption rates, and possible broadband suppliers; identification of barriers to adoption of broadband and related technology services; identification of broadband connection speeds; creation and facilitation of technology planning teams; facilitation of collaborations between providers and information technology companies to encourage broadband deployment and use; establishment of programs to improve computer ownership and Internet access; collection and analysis of market data on broadband use and demand; and facilitation of information exchange between public and private sectors regarding broadband use and demand.

Funding under the State Broadband Data and Development Grants Program will be awarded to provide for the collection of mapping data and the creation of a geographic broadband inventory map, within each state, so as to promote the development and maintenance of a comprehensive nationwide inventory map of existing broadband service capability and availability in the United States.

Though priority will be given to mapping-related uses, other uses provided for by the statute include: identification and tracking of low broadband deployment levels, broadband adoption rates, and possible broadband suppliers; identification of barriers to adoption of broadband and related technology services; identification of broadband connection speeds; creation and facilitation of technology planning teams; facilitation of collaborations between providers and information technology companies to encourage broadband deployment and use; establishment of programs to improve computer ownership and Internet access; collection and analysis of market data on broadband use and demand; and facilitation of information exchange between public and private sectors regarding broadband use and demand.

Up to $350 million.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Business/Commerce

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must certify that the organization is in compliance or will comply with the Department of Commerce requirements as provided in the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) and as included in the standard application and that they have been designated by the State as the single eligible entity designated by the State to receive a grant under this Program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program staff members are available to provide technical and other assistance to potential applicants regarding the requirements of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program in preparing application forms.

This program is eligible for coverage under Executive OOrder 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The standard application forms as approved by OMB and provided by NTIA must be used for this program, including the Standard Form 424 (Rev 4-92) and the required certifications.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed on the basis of funding criteria as established in the NOFA. The Secretary of Commerce, or its designate, may select an application for funding, in whole or in part, and will notify the applicant of final decisions.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Broadband Data Services Improvement Act, Public Law No. 110-385, 122 Stat. 4100 (October 10, 2008) and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No. 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The Secretary of Commerce, or its designate, shall select and publish in the NOFA the date by which new applications must be filed in order to be considered for funding in the referenced fiscal year.

Awards for the Program will be announced within 60 days from the filing of an application.

Appeals

All award decisions are final. There is no administrative appeal process.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Percent: 20.%. Public Law 110-385-Oct. 10, 2008. To be eligible to receive a grant an eligible entity shall contribute matching non-Federal funds in an amount equal to not less than 20 percent of the total amount of the grant. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Successful applicants will implement their initiatives in the most efficient and expeditious manner practicable while complying with all applicable Federal, state and local laws and accounting for grant funds in an appropriate manner. The actual time will vary depending on the complexity of a particular project, although all projects must be completed before such deadline as the Secretary of Commerce, or its designate, shall select and publish in the NOFA. No-cost extensions may be requested in writing if circumstances require additional time, and extensions must be approved by the Grants Officer. Financial assistance is generally released as required during the award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Financial assistance is generally released as required during the award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Financial and progress reports are to be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and as required pursuant to section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No.

111-5.

Grant recipients are also required to make such reports available for posting on the Department of Commerce website.

Grant recipients shall provide collected data of such type and in such format as required in the NOFA and shall make such data available to the Department of Commerce, or its designate, for processing and posting on the Internet.

The NTIA Assistant Secretary may establish additional reporting and information requirements.

Financial and progress reports are to be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and as required pursuant to section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No.

111-5.

Grant recipients are also required to make such reports available for posting on the Department of Commerce website.

Grant recipients shall provide collected data of such type and in such format as required in the NOFA and shall make such data available to the Department of Commerce, or its designate, for processing and posting on the Internet.

The NTIA Assistant Secretary may establish additional reporting and information requirements.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits will be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 23, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Based on its own risk analysis, NTIA may request that OMB designate any high-risk program as Single Audit major programs.

Records

All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports and other records of recipients or subrecipients must be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. Generally, the recipient must retain records for three years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-0554-0-1-376.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $170,000,000; FY 10 est $18,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

To be determined.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The application package containing the NOFA, application forms and guidelines can be obtained at www.ntia.doc.gov/recovery. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for institutions of higher education, A-87 for State and local governments, and with A-122 for nonprofit organizations. Grants management will be in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education, other nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations; and 15CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Edward "Smitty" Smith National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Room 4812, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230 Email: esmith@ntia.doc.gov Phone: (202) 482-1830

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In determining whether to approve an application, in whole or in part, and the amount of the grant, the Secretary of Commerce, or its designate, will consider the project s conformance with the Program purposes and funding criteria set forth in the statute and the NOFA.



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