Community Connect Grant Program

The Community Connect Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist.

The deployment of broadband services on

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a “community-oriented connectivity” basis stimulates economic development and provides enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas.

RUS will give priority to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services, based on the criteria contained herein.

The regulation for the Community Connect Grant Program can be found at 7 CFR part 173 9. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2021 Community Connect Grant Program Application Guide (Application Guide) and program resources.

This Application Guide can be found at

Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk.

Applications will be submitted through the Community Connect Portal application system available on the program web site.

The Agency encourages applications that will help improve life in rural America.

See information on the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity found at

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.

Key strategies include:
Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America Developing the Rural Economy Harnessing Technological Innovation Supporting a Rural Workforce Improving Quality of Life
Related Programs

Community Connect Grant Program

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Utilities Programs

Estimated Funding: $78,662

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Community Connect Web Site

Additional Information of Eligibility:
All potential applicants are eligible.

Applications are encouraged from nonprofit organizations, public and private educational organizations, federal, state, provincial, local, and tribal governments and organizations, foreign governments, and individual companies.

Federal entities only need to submit the AGJV proposal and budget to the program contacts identified below.

U. S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants must ensure that activities occurring outside the U. S. are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U. S. and foreign government authorities and that any necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking proposed activities.

The USFWS does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the work is to be conducted.

Full Opportunity Web Address:


Agency Email Description:
Community Connect Help Desk

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The World Bank’s Development Marketplace, a competitive grants program, has provided $1.4 million grants to 12 social enterprises in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram for development activities and capacity building investments.

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