Broadband Acceleration Grant

Connecting Kansans to opportunity

The Broadband Acceleration Grant Program seeks to invest $5 million towards bridging the digital divide in Kansas. The program can pay up to 50% of the eligible costs for a qualifying project, up to $1 million, to fund projects that provide access to high-quality, reliable broadband throughout Kansas with priority given to applications that address unserved areas, economically distressed communities and areas of compelling need.  

Who Can Qualify

  • Eligible applicants include:
    • Political subdivisions or entities of political subdivisions
    • Corporations
    • Limited liability companies
    • Partnerships or other business entities
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Other entities authorized by state law to provide broadband services
  • Projects must be constructed, installed and operational within 12 months of the grant award date.

General Eligibility Requirements

Eligible broadband project expenses are capital expenses directly related to a qualified broadband project, including design, engineering, permitting and construction of “last-mile” infrastructure expenses. Last mile is defined as the final leg connecting a broadband service provider’s network to the end-user customer’s on-premise telecommunication equipment. Middle-mile expenses are eligible for grant funding only when they are necessary for the provision of the last-mile services described in the application. Maintenance or operating expenses related to the project do not qualify as eligible costs.

  • The maximum grant funding request is $1 million.
  • The grant will cover up to 50% of eligible project expenses.
  • 50% matching funds for the project are required; matching funds may include an in-kind match of up to 50% of the required match.
  • Federal grants and other federal broadband funding are not eligible matches.
  • Eligible project costs include capital expenditures associated with the construction and materials required for installation and/or acquisition of middle-mile and last-mile broadband infrastructure to provide broadband access to additional residential, business and community anchor institution locations. Middle-mile expenditures are eligible only if necessary to provide last-mile services.

Application Period

Application period is now closed.

Kansas Broadband Acceleration Grant: Public Comment

To ensure transparency and best use of taxpayer funds, a public comment process is available to Kansas stakeholders on applicant proposals and service areas for the Broadband Acceleration Grants.

Broadband Acceleration Grant Webinars: Pre-recorded

Additional Resources

Broadband Acceleration Grant
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Broadband Acceleration Grant Program Guidelines
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BUDGET TEMPLATE – FIBER
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BUDGET TEMPLATE – WIRELESS
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IN-KIND MATCH GUIDANCE
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PROJECT PLAN TEMPLATE
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PROJECT PROPOSAL TEMPLATE [PUBLIC COMMENT]
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TECHNICAL PLANNING GUIDE
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TECHNICAL PROJECT SUMMARY TEMPLATE
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CONTACT

Melinda Stanley, Broadband Acceleration Grant Program Manager

(785) 213-7312

Melinda.Stanley@ks.gov

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In partnership with the Office of Rural Prosperity