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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 historically been funded with state general fund revenues. In the 2022 legislative session, $25 million in general revenue funds have been allocated to the Border-to-Border grant program for FY23. Additionally, in the 2021 Special Session, the legislature directed that for FY22 and FY23, the grant program would be funded at $70 million and with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Sec. 604 Capital Projects Funds (CPF). ARPA is being administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), with Treasury reviewing the proposed use of funds for alignment with the objectives and requirements of the Capital Projects Fund.

With the $25 million in state general revenue funding and the $70 million in Capital Projects Funds, DEED opened the application window for the FY2022/23 grant round on June 2, 2022. A maximum of $95 million will be available for grants this round. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on August 4, 2022.

OBD intends to follow state law guidelines for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program, while building in any measures necessary to comply with federal requirements associated with use of the Capital Projects Fund for the FY2022/23 grant round. Grants awarded will either be entirely funded with state general revenue funds or ARPA Capital Projects Funds for ease of implementation and compliance.

The 2022 Application Process tab below provides additional detail on the current grant round. The remaining two tabs provide information on the grants awarded during the first six years the program was offered (2014-2017, 2019-2020).

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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