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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 2019, DEED held one competitive grant round similar to the process used for awarding grants in 2014 – 2017 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 exceeded the available funding.

The tabs below direct you to the information for the 2019 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 used in 2019. Please note that the 2019 application period closed on September 13, 2019 and the application window for 2020 has not yet been set. The "Challenge Process" tab provides information on the 2019 challenge process. The "2019 Grantees" tab provides information on this year's grant awards. The remaining three tabs provide information on the grants awarded during the first four years the program was offered (2014-2017).

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.

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