USDA Broadband ReConnect Program The application window for the second round of funding is now open, and applications are being accepted until 6:00PM EST on March 31, 2020. The Broadband ReConnect Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools. Who May Apply The entities considered eligible to apply for assistance under the USDA Broadband ReConnect Program include: Cooperatives, non-profits, or mutual associations For-profit corporations or limited liability companies States, local governments, or any agency, subdivision, instrumentality, or political subdivision thereof A territory or possession of the United States An Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. § 450b)). How to Apply Start your USDA Broadband ReConnect Program application through the USDA website. Fill out our online Certification Form to receive a letter of certification from the Kansas Department of Commerce. This will letter will complete your USDA application. Stay InformedReceive alerts and notifications about Kansas' broadband initiatives.Sign Me Up Discover How The Department of Commerce Powers Kansas As the state's lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas.