Fund Owner: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program provides grants to eligible HBCUs, TCUs and MSIs in anchor communities for the purchase of broadband Internet access service or any eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel: (1) to facilitate educational instruction and learning, including through remote instruction; or (2) to operate a minority business enterprise; or (3) to operate a tax-exempt organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant funds may be used to:(1) purchase broadband internet access service, including the installation or upgrade of broadband facilities on a one-time, capital improvement, basis to increase or expand broadband capacity and/or connectivity at the eligible institution; (2) purchase or lease of eligible equipment and devices for student or patron use, subject to any restrictions and prohibited uses; and (3) hire and train information technology personnel who are a part of the eligible anchor institution, MBE or Tax-Exempt Organization.
June 15, 2021: Press Release announcing the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program and Final Rule
Application deadline: December 1, 2021
- Higher Education Institutions
- For-Profit Organizations (including Internet Service Providers)
- Non-Profit Organizations