Public Works Board approves $21 million in broadband construction, pre-construction, and emergency grants and loans

Public Works Board approves $21 million in broadband construction, pre-construction, and emergency grants and loans

Awards will fund 10 projects in eight counties, and connect nearly 6,000 unserved broadband locations OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) recently approved $21 million in critical infrastructure projects in 10 communities for broadband construction, pre-construction, and emergency funding. Taking action at its May 3, 2024 business meeting, the PWB approved $20 million to expand broadband access in unserved communities, $550,000 for two pre-construction projects, and two emergency…

PWB Meeting Date – May 3, 2024

The Public Works Board’s May meeting is May 3, 2024 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. This meeting will be held online via Zoom, and in person at the City of Bellingham Operations Center in Bellingham (2221 Pacific Street, Bellingham, WA 98229). Join the Zoom meeting. Meeting agenda (PDF in Box).

FY25 Construction Cycle Opens on April 8, 2024

At its March business meeting, the Public Works Board (PWB) approved $148 million in available funding for local construction projects. The funding cycle will open April 8, 2024 and close June 28, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. The PWB also took action to set aside $7.3 million each for the pre-construction and emergency programs, which are open continuously. All application related materials will be available on the PWB webpage. The PWB…

PWB Upcoming Virtual Lunch and Learn Opportunities

The Washington State Public Works Board is offering two upcoming virtual Lunch and Learn opportunities related to the topics of sustainability, equity, regional collaboration, and multi-system approaches to infrastructure. See below for additional details and Zoom links. All are welcome to attend, and registration is not required. PWB Virtual Lunch & Learn: Port of Seattle’s Sustainability and Equity Framework What: Learn about decision-making processes that incorporate sustainability and equity design…

PWB Broadband Funding Virtual Application Workshops

VIRTUAL APPLICATION WORKSHOPS The Public Works Board encourages potential broadband funding applicants to take advantage of virtual application workshops scheduled for Nov. 16, 2023 and Feb. 15, 2024. No registration is required, and attendance is not required to submit a funding application. Nov. 16, 2023 workshop, 10 –11 a.m. (Zoom meeting) Feb. 15, 2024 workshop, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Zoom meeting) Workshops will be recorded and posted later on…

Washington State Public Works Board opens application cycle for $15.8 million in broadband funding

Washington State Public Works Board opens application cycle for $15.8 million in broadband funding

Grants and low-interest loans available for broadband construction projects OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Public Works Board today opened applications for broadband funding, offering $15.8 million in grants and low-interest loans for broadband construction projects. Projects in distressed counties are eligible for 30% grant and 70% loan funding, until funds are exhausted. Local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, cooperative associations, multiparty entities, limited liability corporations (LLC), and incorporated businesses or…

PWB Meeting Date – December 1, 2023

The Public Works Board’s December Meeting is December 1, 2023 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. This meeting will be held online via Zoom, and in person at the Washington State Department of Commerce headquarters in Olympia (1011 Plum Street, Olympia, WA 98501). Join the Zoom meeting.

Public Works Board approves $4.3 million in broadband and emergency construction grants and loans

Public Works Board approves $4.3 million in broadband and emergency construction grants and loans

Funds will repair emergency water projects in Chelan and Douglas counties, and connect nearly 600 unserved locations to high-speed internet OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) recently approved $4.3 million in critical infrastructure projects in three communities. They include $575,000 in emergency construction projects and $3.7 million in broadband funding. At its Oct. 19 special meeting called to address an emergency funding request, the PWB approved $400,000 for…

PWB Special Meeting Date – October 19, 2023

Special meeting to discuss two emergency funding requests. This meeting will be held online via Zoom and in person at the Washington State Dept. of Commerce headquarters (1011 Plum Street, Olympia, WA). Join the Zoom meeting. Meeting Date: October 19, 2023 Meeting Time: 11:00 AM

PWB Offers Funding Application Debrief Sessions

Update: The window for scheduling a debriefing session has now closed. If you have questions about your application, please contact PWB Project Manager Max Wedding at max.wedding@commerce.wa.gov or 360-764-0392. The Public Works Board (PWB) offers debriefings to all applicants from the recent traditional programs construction funding cycle. Debriefings are opportunities to discuss how applications can be improved for future funding opportunities. These debriefings support continuous improvement of PWB application materials…