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Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #005

OFFICIAL NOTICE. February 26, 2020. The Application Acceptance Window for NOFA #005 is now closed.  Applications are now under evaluation by the Office. Application materials, instructions, and related documentation can be found below.

Purpose: Governor Reynolds has authorized the allocation and expenditure of residual funds totaling $15,452,302.00 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“Coronavirus Relief Funds”) to address the increased need for internet connectivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadband Infrastructure Projects under this NOFA must be completed by December 1, 2021.

The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Responsible Applicants for the buildout of Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will provide the greatest overall impact in furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Targeted Service Areas of the State. Targeted Service Areas are areas within which, as of July 31, 2020, either no Communications Service Provider Facilitated at least 25/3 Broadband, or otherwise any area that is materially underserved or without meaningfully available Broadband (See Iowa Administrative Code chapter 129—20). Applications must provide a demonstrable nexus to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services. 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.

Program DesignConsistent with the foregoing, the Office is seeking Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide or incentivize expansion of a minimum of 25/3 Broadband to Targeted Service Areas in the State of Iowa. Provided there is a demonstrable nexus to the COVID 19 pandemic, including a nexus to furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services, Applicant’s proposals may accomplish this by reducing or eliminating Targeted Service Areas through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates Broadband service at speeds equal to at least 25/3 Broadband, 50/5 Broadband, or speeds equal to or greater than 100/100 Broadband.  The total amount of Coronavirus Relief Funds sought under this NOFA may not exceed:

  1. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at or above 100/100 Broadband, seventy-five percent (75%), of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
  2. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at speeds less than 100/100 Broadband but greater than or equal to 50/5 Broadband, fifty percent (50%) of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
  3. Projects that will result in the installation of Broadband infrastructure that will Facilitate Broadband service at speeds less than 50/5 Broadband, but greater than or equal to 25/3 Broadband, thirty-five percent (35%) of the actual or originally estimated, whichever is less, Total Project Costs.
The following information concerning OCIO Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #005 can be found below:
 

    Notice of Funding Availability #005 - 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, as part of Funding Opportunity #390478  - Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #005).

    Notice of Funding Availability #005 - Schedule of Important Dates

    The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #005 is set forth below including steps and dates of each of the major element of the program.

    GRANT TIMELINE DATE
    NOFA #005 Issued 1/19/2021
    Written Questions Due By 1/28/2021
    Written Responses Posted By 2/2/2021
    Application Acceptance Window Opens 2/4/2021
    Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due 2/25/2021,
    5:00 PM CST
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins 3/1/2021
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends 3/5/2021
    Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to Evaluation Committee 3/8/2021
    Final Agency Decision / Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued 3/15/2021
    Contracting Process begins 3/22/2021

    Notice of Funding Availability #005 - Map of Eligible Locations (Broadband Map V3)

    This grant round is based on renewed Targeted Service Area determinations published to an updated version of the Statewide Broadband Availability Map V3 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.

    Open Broadband Map V3 in New Window

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