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Since 2007, the Robust Network Feasibility Fund has provided matching grants to communities to support the cost of research of the feasibility of geographically based broadband networks.
The words “feasibility study” mean different things to different people and can refer to technical, financial, organizational or political components of a proposed development. A feasibility study can also refer to different stages of a project, where preliminary, intermediate or final business plan stages include different levels of research and detail. The Blandin Foundation’s Robust Network Feasibility Fund acknowledges that communities are at different stages of development when they apply for support and consider proposals at any stage and for any component(s) as long as:
- The community or region identifies which stages and components are being proposed.
- Any earlier stages not yet completed are included in the proposed activities.
- Studies completed by the community for earlier stages are included with the application.
The next grant application deadline is March 16, 2018. Subsequent quarterly grant application deadlines for 2018 will be announced.