The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) today announced that qualified Internet service providers and electrical membership co-ops providing Internet services now have until May 4 to apply for up to $350 million in grants to expand broadband infrastructure in North Carolina.
This round of the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grant program uses funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide matching grants to broadband providers competing for funding to expand access to Internet service. broadband to unserved households, businesses and farms. Organizations and counties across the state have expressed interest in participating in the GREAT Grant program, and several have requested additional time to qualify under the legislation authorizing the program and federal rules.
“The grant program encourages partnerships between local governments and broadband providers to make the most of available federal funding. We are extending the application window to give county governments and Internet service providers more time to build these partnerships and maximize the benefits for North Carolina residents,” said James Weaver, NCDIT Secretary and Director of state information. “We want to fund as many eligible projects as possible so more North Carolina can connect, learn and work online. This additional time will allow applicants to work out the terms of the grant with their partners. »
Interested applicants should continue to review the GREAT Grant Guidance Document and FAQ at www.ncbroadband.gov/grants/great-grant-federal/great-grant-2021-2022 and the NC OneMap GREAT Grant Mapping Tool and the online mapping tool help document at www.nconemap.gov/pages/broadband for any updates.
Once all eligible GREAT grant applications have been reviewed and scored, NCDIT will begin awarding grants on an ongoing basis to accelerate critical broadband infrastructure projects statewide. Additional details about the GREAT Grant are available at www.ncbroadband.gov/grants/great-grant-federal.
For more information about NCDIT’s Broadband and Digital Equity Division and the GREAT Grant program, please visit www.ncbroadband.gov.