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

Applications will be accepted online December 7, 2020-January 7, 2021.

Submit Your Intent to Apply

Potential grantees should submit an Intent to Apply by Dec. 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST. By completing an Intent to Apply, you’ll help us with capacity planning for the grant process. Completing an Intent to Apply does not obligate an organization to submit an application, nor does not completing an Intent to Apply prevent an organization from submitting an application.

CONTACT

Melinda Stanley, Broadband Acceleration Grant Program Manager

(785) 213-7312

Melinda.Stanley@ks.gov

CONTACT

Stanley Adams, Director, Office of Broadband Development

(785) 207-9005

Stanley.Adams@ks.gov

In partnership with the Office of Rural Prosperity.