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The year-end omnibus legislation included several broadband and connectivity expansion bills. The following will be implemented by NTIA.
Three new grant programs:
Tribal BroadbandConnectivity Program. A $1 billion program directed to tribal governments to be used for broadband deployment on tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion.
Broadband Infrastructure Program. A $300 million broadband deployment program directed to partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. A $285 million grant program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the purchase of broadband internet access service and eligible equipment or to hire and train information technology personnel.
|Resource Type:||funding resource, technical assistance, data source, organization|
|Subtopic:||funding & financing, infrastructure & communications,|
|Tags:||broadband, Internet, rural communities, tribal community, infrastructure|
The Community Toolbox
The Community Tool Box is a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. The Community Tool Box offers thousands of pages of tips and tools concerning community development topics such as community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and advocacy.
|Resource Type:||information source, resource guide|
|Subtopic:||community & capacity development, development & smart growth, local government, collaboration & community engagement, assessment & evaluation, surveys & analytic tools, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing, Local Government & Services, Data Collection & Analysis,|
|Tags:||community development, assessment, planning, leadership, activism, citizen planning, community building, community engagement|
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation supports a broad spectrum of worthy organizations benefiting at-risk youth, economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families, and those with special needs. Further, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation provides funding via grants for projects involving education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community service.
|Resource Type:||funding resource, organization|
|Subtopic:||children & families, low-income, education & schools, organizational development & assistance, community & public health, social services & programs, Special Populations, Local Government & Services, Community Building, Local Government & Services,|
|Tags:||funding, youth, poverty, philanthropy, education, health, arts and culture, community service, family, social services, grants|
Foundation for Rural Service
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA. The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. FRS provides a variety of programs, ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. To fulfill its mission, FRS develops and disseminates information about rural telecom issues and encourages the support of community-based telecom providers and the communities they serve. FRS also provides annual grants for programs in rural communities to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.
|Resource Type:||funding resource, organization, information source|
|Subtopic:||economic development, infrastructure & communications, rural community issues & solutions, Business & Economy, Land Use Planning & Housing, Community Building,|
|Tags:||broadband, telecommunications, youth, rural community, economic development, communications technology|
North Central Montana Transit
NCM Transit is operated by Opportunity Link, Inc. and was established in partnership with North Central Montana area organizations including local and tribal government agencies, social service organizations and educational institutions. North Central Montana Transit provides a reliable public transportation system serving the communities of Hill and Blaine counties.
|Resource Type:||information source, organization|
|Subtopic:||transportation, access & mobility, Special Populations, Issues & Opportunities,|
|Tags:||transit, rural community, transportation|
Office of the Controller of the Currency: Rural Economic Development Resource Directory
This directory provides descriptions and contact information for a number of organizations and Web sites that can provide resources to national banks and federal savings associations interested in lending, investing, or providing retail financial services in rural communities. These activities are organized under following: commercial lending, community revitalization, farm service agency, general information, public facilities lending, rural development farm loan programs, and rural housing.
|Resource Type:||resource guide|
|Subtopic:||funding & financing, banking & finance, rural community issues & solutions, Issues & Opportunities, Business & Economy, Community Building,|