Matching grants available for federal broadband infrastructure financing opportunities

Important funding updates from the Washington State Broadband Office

Matching Grant application changes

In response to new federal funding opportunities such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Broadband ReConnect grants, or others that may be included in proposed federal infrastructure investments, the Washington State Broadband Office announces the following changes to our Matching Grant program:

  • Deadline extension. The Matching Grant application deadline of Nov. 15, 2021 has been extended until all funds are committed.
  • Temporary application suspension. The application portal is currently closed to allow for updates that coincide with new federal funding opportunities. Please note that all information in applications currently in process will be preserved in the system.
  • Applications resume Nov. 29. The application portal will be available again on Nov. 29, 2021 and will remain open until all funds are committed.

Eligible applicants:

Local governments
Federally recognized Tribes
Nonprofit organizations and nonprofit cooperative organizations
Public-private partnerships

Learn more and Apply Here

COMING SOON: USDA Broadband ReConnect application opens Nov. 24

Grants and loans are available for broadband construction, improvement and acquisition needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas through the our federal partner, the USDA.

USDA’s Broadband ReConnect Program will accept applications from Nov. 24, 2021 through Feb. 22, 2022.

Corporations, LLCs, cooperatives or mutual organizations, local governments and Tribes are eligible to apply for the ReConnect program.

We encourage you to review the USDA’s funding announcement to learn more about this opportunity to leverage State Broadband Office and USDA resources.

USDA is hosting two webinars in November:

ReConnect Program Regulation will detail eligibility requirements, the application process and underwriting criteria;
ReConnect Program Funding Opportunity will provide updates on prior funding rounds, scoring criteria for this funding round and a Q&A session.

Webinar recordings, transcripts and slides will be posted on the ReConnect website after each session.

Register here

Limited grant writing resources available

The Washington State Broadband Office has limited resources available to assist applicants seeking federal broadband funding, with priority given to applicants with low or no organizational capacity for grant writing and who are seeking ReConnect funding with state matching grants.

Please contact the Broadband Office no later than Friday, Nov. 19 with a description of the proposed project area and a visual representation such as a GIS Shapefile (.shp).

Projects that have received funding from our partners at the Public Works Board or the Community Economic Revitalization Board for a related project are encouraged to contact us to discuss grant writing options.

Questions? Please contact us at wsbo@commerce.wa.gov

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