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Broadband Grant Program

Office of Broadband Development

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program funds the expansion of broadband service to areas of Minnesota that are unserved or underserved.

Overview

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program was created in Minn. Stat. 116J.395 in 2014. The legislative focus of this grant program is to provide financial resources that help make the business case for new and existing providers to invest in building broadband infrastructure into unserved and underserved areas of the state. The Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program has been funded with state general fund revenues and a combination of both state general fund revenues and federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sec. 604 Capital Projects Funds (CPF). The 2023 Legislature appropriated $50 million for each of FY 2024 and FY 2025. The FY 2024 State General Revenue Funds of $50 million will fund the ninth grant round. Plans for distribution of the FY 2025 funding are still being developed. Subsequent grant rounds are anticipated to be funded with approximately $652 million in federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Funds (BEAD).

2023 Grant Round 9 (FY 2024)

With $30 million available for Border-to-Border grants and the remaining $20 million for the Lower Population Density (Low-Density) grants, DEED opened the application window for the 2nd grant round in 2023 on October 9, 2023. The Office of Broadband Development has implemented DEED’s new Grants Management System for applicants. Applications were due by 1:30 p.m. Central Time on December 7, 2023. The Applicant Resources tab below has resources and document templates utilized in the grant management system, the 2023 Application Process tab provides additional detail on the application process and the remaining tabs provide information on past grant awards.

The important deadlines are as follows:

  • October 9, 2023 – DEED's Grant Management System opens to applicants
  • October 11, 2023 - Broadband Grant Round 9 Webinar Recording
  • October 26, 2023 – last day to notify existing providers of your intent to file an application
  • November 20, 2023 – window opens to submit your completed application in DEED's Grant Management System
  • December 7, 2023 – window closes completed applications must be submitted in DEED's Grant Management System
    by 1:30 p.m. Central Time (note time change from previous grant rounds)
  • December 12, 2023 – challenge process begins. Here are the 2023 Grant Round 9 Applicants.
  • January 11, 2024 – challenge process ends at 4:00 pm Central Time
  • Winter 2024 – awards are anticipated to be announced
  • June 30, 2026 – projects need to be completed (contract end date)

Note: To be eligible to apply for the 2023 Grant Round 9 the Pre-Application Outreach to Existing Wireline Providers (DOCX) needs to be completed by October 26, 2023.

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.

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