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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.


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 state resources that help make the financial case for new and existing providers to invest in building broadband infrastructure into unserved and underserved areas of the state. In the 2019 legislative session, $20 million was appropriated for each of the next two years. To award the $20 million appropriated for 2020, DEED will hold one competitive grant round similar to the process used for awarding prior broadband grants and outlined here in detail for both new and returning applicants.

The grants can provide up to 50 percent of a project’s infrastructure costs (project planning, permits, construction plant and labor, installation and testing, engineering, etc.). The maximum grant amount is $5 million. The smallest project awarded to-date funded the deployment of broadband infrastructure to 12 locations and the largest projects have funded deployment to thousands of locations. Grants are awarded through a competitive grant application process. In each year that the grant program has been offered, applications have far exceeded the available funding.

The tabs below direct you to the information for the 2020 grant program as well as information on the Border to Border Broadband Grant Program for the previous rounds. The "Applications" tab provides information on the grant application process for 2020. The remaining four tabs provide information on the grants awarded during the first five years the program was offered (2014-2017, 2019).

Please continue to visit this page of the Office of Broadband Development website to stay up-to-date on the 2020 Border to Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program.

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