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

The Application Acceptance Window Has Now Closed. A Period for Public Comment, including Validation Process will begin December 4, 2020.
 
OFFICIAL NOTICE. The Office of the Chief Information Officer hereby issues Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) #004 for the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program making available up to $4,950,000 for broadband expansion in Iowa. The Application Acceptance Window is now closed and all applications are under evaluation by the Office. A Period for Public Comment, including Validation Process will be opened on December 4, 2020 at which time members of the public may provide comment on all applications received.
 

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: https://ocio.iowa.gov/broadband-availability-map-version-3. 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.

GRANT TIMELINE DATE
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 are required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System (Funding Opportunity #380273  - Broadband Grant Program - Empower Rural Iowa - NOFA #004) which will be open for submissions on October 29, 2020. 

Notice of Funding Availability #004 - Applications Received

The information below includes all applications received by the Office under this NOFA upon closure of the Application Acceptance Window on November 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST.  16 applications were deemed submitted in response to NOFA #004.  Note: These applications are currently under evaluation by the Office and final award decisions are anticipated to be issued on December 18, 2020. A map of submitted Applications can be found below.

Applications Received
Grant Funds Requested
Total Project Costs
Homes, Schools, and Businesses Served
U.S. Census Blocks Affected
Square Miles Affected
16
$10,550,468.11
$29,259,841.46
2,019
1,015
460.73

Pursuant to NOFA #004 Section 1.7.6.1 ("Period for Public Comment, including Validation Process"), the Office will be opening a Period For Public Comment, including Validation Process on December 4, 2020 at which time members of the public may submit comments on any Applications submitted in response to this NOFA. Comments must be submitted to the Office through the Public Comment website available at https://comment.iowa.gov in order to be accepted. Applications will be available for public comment beginning on December 4, 2020 and continuing through December 16, 2020. The Applications will not appear on the Public Comment system until December 4, 2020.

Open Map Of Received Applications in New Window

Printed from the Office of the Chief Information Officer website on November 29, 2020 at 1:11pm.