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ANNOUNCING: BROADBAND ACCELERATION GRANT AWARDS

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As part of ongoing, comprehensive initiatives to improve broadband access across Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly has announced 14 grant awards for broadband infrastructure projects in 18 communities statewide.

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The Broadband Acceleration Grant program was created in fall 2020 to bring critically needed broadband access to Kansas communities through a competitive, matching infrastructure investment program.  Overseen by the Office of Broadband Development this is the initial year in a strategic, ten year, $85 million dollar investment in the state broadband infrastructure funded in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE). 

This initial round of $5 million in grant awards are matched with $5 million in private contributions from the awardees, equating to a $10 million total investment in broadband infrastructure across Kansas.

The following 14 awards were evaluated and selected from 38 applications for projects across Kansas:

AwardeeCommunitiesGrant AwardMatching FundsTotal Community Investment
EpicTouch CommunicationsLiberal$594,752$594,752$1,189,504
Haviland BroadbandNorwich$87,405$87,405$174,810
KwiKom CommunicationsAltoona, Fredonia, Thayer$331,985$331,985$663,970
Moundridge Communications NetworkElyria, Hesston$312,819$312,819$625,638
Nex-TechBird City, Atwood, McDonald$875,923$875,923$1,751,846
OnePoint TechnologiesBern$255,357$255,357$510,714
OnePoint TechnologiesWinifred$75,547$75,547$151,094
OnePoint TechnologiesBlue Rapids$156,202$156,202$312,404
OnePoint TechnologiesFrankfort$194,375$194,375$388,750
S&A TelephoneAmericus$100,890$100,890$201,780
SC TelcomBarber $641,300$641,300$1,282,600
SC TelcomPratt $805,000$805,000$1,610,000
SKT Inc.Haysville, Sedgwick $62,616$62,616$125,232
WTC CommunicationsZeandale$505,829$505,829$1,011,658

“The efficient infrastructure deployments enabled through these grants is vital to making scarce funding dollars stretch as far as possible by building on previous successes in our pandemic response programs,” Director of the Kansas Office of Broadband Development Stanley Adams said. “Governor Kelly recognizes that robust broadband access is necessary for all communities, and I appreciate her commitment to this effort. As a result, many more Kansans will be connected.”

Program Information: Round 1

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

Round 1 Project Proposals and Public Comments

Broadband Acceleration Grant Webinars: Pre-recorded

Round 1 Applicant 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

CONTACT

Stanley Adams, Director, Office of Broadband Development

(785) 207-9005

Stanley.Adams@ks.gov

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