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Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program

The Office of the Chief Information Officer administers the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program designed to reduce or eliminate areas of the State of Iowa that are unserved or undeserved by broadband service, leveraging federal funds and public and private partnerships where possible, by awarding grants to communications service providers that reduce or eliminate targeted service areas by installing broadband infrastructure that facilitates broadband service in Targeted Service Areas. The sections below provide information on Active and Expired Broadband Grant opportunities made available by the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. 

Updates concerning future grant programs will be posted to this website as they become available. All questions concerning the broadband grant program should be e-mailed to ociogrants@iowa.gov. Additionally, information will be made available via e-mail list serve concerning updates to programs. Subscribe to the Broadband e-mail list serve by clicking the link below:

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Active / Pending Notices of Funding Availability
Notice of Funding Availability #006 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program
OFFICIAL NOTICE. June 11, 2021. The Office has released a pre-publication notice for Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #006 which will make available $97,500,000 in state funds to Communication Service Providers who facilitate broadband service in Iowa consistent with the requirements of the program. This pre-publication notice allows prospective Applicants to consult the materials associated with NOFA #006 and contact the Office during the Question and Answer period regarding the scope, interpretation, application, or contents of the NOFA in preparation for submitting an Application. This pre-publication notice does not commence the Application Acceptance Window for NOFA #006 which is planned to begin on July 1, 2021.
Expired Notices of Funding Availability (Archives)

Notice of Funding Availability #005 - Federally Funded Program (Coronavirus Relief Fund)
In 2021, $15,452,302 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds were made available under the Empower Rural Iowa Grant Program as part of NOFA #005. 42 applications were received by the Office and 14 applications were awarded funds under NOFA #005 to provide 100/100, 50/5, or 25/3 broadband service.,This opportunity is now closed.

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program
In 2020, $5 million in state funds were made available under the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. On December 23, 2020, the Office of the Chief Information Officer awarded 13 applications with $4,950,000 in state funding made available under Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #004

Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Federally-Funded Program (Coranvirus Relief Fund)
In 2020, $50 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds were made available under the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. This grant program distributed federal CARES Act funding to eligible Communication Service Providers to expand access to broadband services in the State of Iowa in connection with the requirements of the Act. On August 21, 2020 the Office issued a Notice of Intent To Award for 71 applications. Information concerning NOFA #003 can be found at the link above. NOTE: This grant opportunity did not include any state funds.

Notice of Funding Availability #002 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program
In 2019, $5 million in new program funds were made available for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. This funding was distributed through Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #002. The Office held an Application Acceptance Window from September 20, 2019 through October 22, 2019.  On November 27, 2019, the Office issued a Notice of Intent To Award for 17 applications. Information concerning NOFA #002, grant awards, applications received, and public comments can be found at the link above.

Notice of Funding Availability #001 - Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program
In 2018, $1.3 million in program funds was made available for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. This funding was distributed through Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #001. The Office held an Application Acceptance Window from February 18, 2019 through March 15, 2019. On April 30, 2019, the Office issued a Notice of Intent To Award for 7 applications. Information concerning NOFA #001, grant awards, applications received, and public comments can be found by clicking the link above.

Printed from the Office of the Chief Information Officer website on June 19, 2021 at 6:52am.