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Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)


    The Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant Program is designed to promulgate access to reliable and affordable broadband service to all areas of the state, which is necessary for a highly functioning 21st century economy. This is a part of Governor Holcomb's broader Next Level Connections infrastructure program. The program builds upon investments made through industry funds, along with prior and ongoing grant programs. Yet, there are still areas of Indiana that remain unserved for a range of economic and topographical considerations. Purdue University found that Indiana has the potential to gain billions in economic benefits over 20 years with full deployment of broadband into rural areas. 


    History of Funding

    Round 1 Awards are available to view at

    Additional Information

    Ineligible areas include:

    • Census Blocks that previously received Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program funds; and
    • Census blocks for which funding has been allocated from the federal Connect America Fund or from any other similar federally funded program for which the express purpose is to provide broadband service to rural or unserved areas.

    Middle mile expenses are eligible for grant funding only when they are necessary for the provision of the last mile services described in the application. Maintenance or operating expenses related to the project do not qualify as eligible costs.


    NLC Indiana Office of Community Affairs

    NLC Indiana Office of Community Affairs


  • Eligibility Details

    The lead applicant must be a qualified broadband provider,” which is defined as a company, firm, corporation, partnership, or association that, at the time of submission of the grant application:

    • Either:
      • Has been providing broadband service to at least 100 residences and businesses in Indiana for at least three (3) consecutive years; or
      • Is:
        • A corporation organized under IC 8-1-13; or
        • A corporation organized under IC 23-17 that is an electric cooperative and that has at least one member that is a corporation organized under 8-1-13; and
    • Has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of OCRA:
      • Financial;
      • Technical; and
      • Operational capability in building and operating a broadband network.

    Applicants may partner with other entities to deliver the entire solution.

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Intent were to be submitted by February 2, 2020. Full Applications were to be submitted by May 26, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $70 million of grant funding is available for new eligible projects. OCRA may issue one, multiple, or no awards based on eligible applications. Individual award amounts may vary, up to $5 million. Awarded projects must be completed within 24 months from the date of the executed grant agreement. A 20% match is required.

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