Next Round Border to Border grant applications are open until March 2, 2023

The Office of Broadband Development has opened up the next round of grant funding

In the 2022 legislative session, the legislature directed an additional $60.7 million of federal ARPA funds to be used for broadband programs of which $42.6 million will be available for Border-to-Border grants, including up to $30 million for a Low-Density Pilot program. Additionally in the 2022 session, the legislature allocated $25 million in State General Revenue Funds to the Border-to-Border grant program for FY24.

With the $25 million in State General Revenue Funding and $42 million in Capital Projects Funds, DEED opened the application window for the 2023 grant round on December 19, 2022. A maximum of $67 million will be available for grants this round, including up to $30 million for a Low-Density Pilot program. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on March 2, 2023.

OBD intends to follow state law guidelines for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program, while building in any measures necessary to comply with federal requirements associated with use of the Capital Projects Fund for the 2023 grant round. Grants awarded will either be entirely funded with State General Revenue Funds or ARPA Capital Projects Funds for ease of implementation and compliance.

The 2023 Application Process tab below provides additional detail on the current grant round. The remaining tabs provide information on the 2022 grant awards and grants awarded during the first six years the program was offered (2014-2017, 2019-2020).

Please continue to visit this page of the Office of Broadband Development website to stay up to date on the Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program or Sign Up For Broadband Updates.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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