Fund Owner: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program will provide grants to expand access to and adoption of (a) broadband service on Tribal land; or (b) remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division N, Title IX, Section 905, Public Law 116-260, 134 Stat. 1182, makes grants available eligible entities, which include Tribal Governments, Tribal organizations, Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), the Department of Hawaiian Homelands on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Community, and Native Corporations as defined under Section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. These funds will provide new sources of broadband funding that can assist Tribal entities in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country.
September 9, 2021: NTIA announced that it received more than 280 applications for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, for a total of over $5 billion in funding requests.
June 23, 2021: The NTIA released recordings, transcripts and presentations of its June 16 and June 17 Tribal Broadband Connectivity webinars, in which they provided further details regarding the program.
June 3, 2021: Press Release announcing Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program and NOFO Release
Application deadline: September 1, 2021
- Higher Education Institutions
- Tribal/Native American Government, Alaska Native Controlled Organizations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations