OPB Capital Projects Fund

Posted: August 16, 2022

Deadline: October 7, 2022

Grantor: The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Additional Information

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.

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The CPF Grant Program has been designed to address the critical need for high-speed, reliable connectivity that was highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this need, the CPF Grant Program is seeking applications to provide funding for Broadband Infrastructure Projects (that reliably meet or exceed download and upload speeds of 100 Mbps) to unserved homes and businesses in Georgia. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult and engage with the impacted community(ies) as part of this application process to consider the need for access and affordability levels for households and businesses.

Additionally, applicants for the CPF Grant Program must participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) and are strongly encouraged to provide at least one low-cost, affordable option offered at speeds that are sufficient for a household with multiple users to simultaneously telework and engage in remote learning which the State deems as a minimum of 100/20 Mbps.

Eligibility

Internet service providers (ISPs) including co-operatives, electric utilities, and other entities that build or operate broadband networks. Partnerships and consortium applications will be allowed (e.g., two providers partnering to serve an eligible project area).

44 preliminary eligible project areas have been identified by the State for the CPF Grant Program using data from the July 1, 2022 refresh of the Georgia Broadband Availability Map. Capital Projects Fund Preliminary Eligible Project Areas Map

Key Dates

September 6, 2022: Application Window Opens

August 17, 2022: Virtual Applicant Workshop 1 at 9:00 AM EST *Click here to join*

October 7, 2022: Applications Due by 5:00 PM EST

September 8, 2022: Virtual Applicant Workshop 2 at 10:00 AM EST

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Contact

The primary grant contacts for the CPF Grant Program are Jonna West (Jonna.west@opb.georgia.gov) and Jessica Simmons (Jessica.simmons@gta.ga.gov)

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