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Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #004

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OFFICIAL NOTICE. December 23, 2020. The Office of the Chief Information Officer issued Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #004 for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program on October 23, 2020 making available up to $4,950,000 for broadband expansion in Iowa.  13 applications have been selected to receive funding under NOFA #004. Click Here To See A List of Awarded Applications.

The following information concerning OCIO Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #004 can be found below:

Program Overview

In accordance with Iowa Code section 8B.11 and corresponding implementing rules found at Iowa Administrative Code 129—22, the purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Communications Service Providers for Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will have the greatest overall effect of reducing or eliminating Unserved and Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband in the Targeted Service Areas forming the basis of the Projects. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020: no Communications Service Provider Facilitated 25/3 Broadband; or that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available 25/3 Broadband. This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map on October 28, 2020 at: These determinations and this map identify the geographic areas in the State of Iowa in which grant funds under this program are available.

For purposes of this NOFA and in accordance with 2020 Iowa Acts ch. 1078, section 12, the total amount of grants the Office Awards using the monies available under this NOFA shall be evenly distributed across the following categories (50% within each):

  1. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate at least 25/3 Broadband but less than 100/20 Broadband.
  2. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that will Facilitate 100/20 Broadband or faster.

The total amount of funds available for Award under this NOFA is up to: $4,950,000.

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Schedule of Important Dates

The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #004 including steps and dates are described in the schedule below.

NOFA #004 Issued 10/23/2020
Written Questions Due By 10/28/2020
Responses Posted By 10/29/2020
Application Acceptance Window Opens 10/29/2019
Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due 11/22/2020,
5:00 PM CST
Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins 11/23/2020
Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends 12/2/2020
Applications Posted Online for Public Comment and Validation Process 12/4/2020
Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to members of Review Committee 12/4/2020
Office Review Begins 12/7/2020
Public Comment/Validation Process and Review Committee Periods Conclude 12/16/2020
Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued 12/18/2020
Contracting Process Begins 1/4/2021

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Program Documentation

Information concerning the grant application process, including all application materials, agreements, and program information are provided below. All Applications to this NOFA were required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System (Funding Opportunity #380273  - Broadband Grant Program - Empower Rural Iowa - NOFA #004). 

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Applications Received

The information below includes all applications received by the Office under this NOFA including those that did not receive grant awards. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any application withdrawn from consideration prior to the NOIA issuance is not published here. Final project areas as represented in executed grant agreements is depicted on a map of NOFA #004 project areas. 

Applications Received
Grant Funds Requested
Total Project Costs
Homes, Schools, and Businesses Served
U.S. Census Blocks Affected
Square Miles Affected

PLEASE NOTE: To see the list of applications that were awarded grant funds download Notice of Intent To Award (NOIA) for NOFA #004.

14 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #004. The public, redacted versions of each application are provided below. In the Application Download column, click the link labeled "zip" next to each application to download a zip file containing the public version of that application. The "Final Disposition" column in the table below indicates the final status of the award. If an applicant received an awarded from the Office pursuant to the NOIA, this column will be marked as "Awarded."

Application Control Number
Applicant Name
(Click To Download)
Funds Awarded
Final Disposition
385587 Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative, Inc. Rural North Waukon $50,921.50 Awarded
384726 Alpine Communications, LC Alpine Communications Rural Clayton County Nov 2020 NOFA #004 $387,031.41 Awarded
385419 BTC, Inc. Proposed Fiber Optic Overbuild Rural Mills County Northwest of Glenwood $457,725.18 Awarded
385891 Corn Belt Telephone Company, Inc. Proposed Rural Sac County Fiber Project $626,914.75 Awarded
385817 Farmers Cooperative Telephone Company FCTC NOFA #4 $95,192.28 Awarded
385706 Farmers Mutual Telephone Company Rural Red Oak Iowa Fiber to the Premises Build $526,880.89 Awarded
384021 Guthrie Telecommunications Network, Inc. Guthrie County Broadband Expansion $83,300.00 Awarded
385687 Kalona Cooperative Telephone Co Riverside to Washington $1,948,880.88 Awarded
385469 Lehigh Valley Coop Telephone Association Rural Webster County Broadband Expansion $136,237.50 Awarded
385898 Manning Municipal Utilities OCIO Broadband Grants Program NOFA #004 $114,430.40 Awarded
384269 Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Company MEH NOFA#004 REQUEST $75,145.70 Awarded
386165 Miles Communications LLC Clinton County Expansion Phase II $263,589.51 Awarded
385073 South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company Rural Johnson and Iowa Counties Broadband Expansion $183,750.00 Awarded
385863 Vinton Municipal Communications Utility High Speed Broadband Extension for Phase 2 of the Anderson Creek Estates N/A Not Awarded

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Awarded Applications

13 applications received a total of $4,950,000 under the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program NOFA #004. A summary of awarded applications is shown in the table below:

Applications Received
Grant Funds Awarded
Homes, Schools, and Businesses Served
U.S. Census Blocks Affected
Square Miles Affected

To see the list of applications that were awarded grant funds download Notice of Intent To Award (NOIA) for NOFA #004.

The map of awarded applications is shown below.

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