ConneCTed Communities Grant Program

Program Description 

ConneCTed Communities is a competitive grant program that will fund the construction and deployment of broadband infrastructure designed to support the goal of universal access to affordable, resilient, and reliable broadband. DEEP is seeking applications for grant funding to facilitate low-income and multi-family curb-to-home and business broadband infrastructure buildout in underserved areas that will result in service at speeds of at least 100 Mbps/100 Mbps. All projects funded through this program must reach substantial completion within twenty-four (24) months of the award or before December 31, 2026, whichever occurs earlier. 

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Application Package:

Application Portal Instructions and Upload Checklist
Project Schedule Template
Project Budget Template
Nonstandard Installation Costs Template
Location Data Submission Template
Awardee Sample Contract Template

Program Priorities 
The program will prioritize proposals with strong last-mile projects that provide for quality and reliable service that have already undergone extensive prior planning and are supported with substantial matching funds. 

In addition to compliance with program requirements, applications will be prioritized based on secondary factors, including, but not limited to

  • Delivery of end-to-end fiber optic infrastructure   

  • Delivery of 1Gbps/100 Mbps speeds, or scalability to deliver 1Gbps/100 Mbps  

  • A commitment to service quality and affordable service plans offerings  

  • A higher contribution of matching funds, with some exceptions

 

Funding Amount 

Up to $40.8 million may be utilized for the ConneCTed Communities Grant Program. The Program is supported using funds allocated by the Connecticut General Assembly through the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

 

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be eligible to receive Capital Projects Funds. Eligible entities that can apply for grants from the Program include:

  • Government entities: Tribal governments; local units of government (e.g., municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions); State and local agencies 

  • Private for-profit entities: Commercial service providers (established or new entrants) 

  • Non-profit entities: Community organizations; institutes of higher education; etc. 

  • Other: Co-operatives, mutual organizations, utilities

 
Applicant Webinar

An applicant webinar was held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. EST. See the Agenda , Notice and Recording.

 

 
How to Apply 

Details on how to submit an application will be posted soon. 

 

Important Dates

Completed applications and attachments must be submitted by Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 Application Release Date Friday March 1, 2024 
 Applicant Webinar Wednesday March 20, 2024
Submission of Questions Deadline Sunday March 31, 2024
DEEP Responses to Questions Published Friday April 12, 2024
Application Deadline
Tuesday April 30, 2024
Award Announcements Friday June 14, 2024
Award Acceptance Deadline
 Sunday July 14, 2024
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Contact

DEEP.Broadband@ct.gov

 

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