State Public Works Board accepting grant applications for broadband project studies

  • October 10, 2019

$500K is available for new grants to fund planning and feasibility studies aimed at expanding broadband infrastructure to unserved communities throughout Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The Washington State Public Works Board will be accepting applications for planning-feasibility study grants for broadband infrastructure between Oct. 11 and midnight Nov. 14. Cities, towns, counties, public port districts, public utility districts, other special purpose districts, quasi-municipal corporations, tribes, nonprofit organizations, cooperative associations, limited liability corporations organized for the purpose of expanding broadband access and incorporated businesses or partnerships are eligible to apply.

Approximately $500,000 is available for these planning-feasibility study grants. The maximum award per applicant is $50,000. This is the first application cycle for the Public Works Board’s broadband grant program. Funding awards are based on a competitive ranking process. Depending on the number and qualifications of applicants in this round, there is no guarantee funds will be available for future planning-feasibility grant cycles.

Rating and ranking for applications will begin immediately after the cycle closes, and awards are expected in December.

Visit the Public Works Board broadband financing webpage for more information, and to complete the online application.

Contact:

Shelley Westall, 360-725-3162, Shelley.Westall@commerce.wa.gov.

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