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Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Federally-Funded Opportunity

July 20, 2020 Notice of Funding Availability #003 (Federally-Funded Opportunity)
NOTE: The Application Window Has Now Closed.
 
Purpose. Governor Reynolds has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $50,000,000 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“CARES Act Funds”) to address the increased need for internet connectivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communication Service Providers who install broadband infrastructure in this state or facilitate broadband service in this state are eligible to receive funds under this Notice of Funding Availability #003. Refer to Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Opportunity (#003) for more information (see Documentation Below). NOTE: This opportunity does not include any state funds. Due to CARES guidelines, the application window is shorter than usual. The application window closes August 5th, 2020 11:59 CDT. The Office anticipates releasing a future NOFA including state funds later this year. 
 
The following information concerning OCIO Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #003 can be found below:
 
Application Window Open. The application window for the State of Iowa Broadband Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability #003 begins on July 20, 2020 and closes on August 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM, CDT. Refer to Schedule of Important Dates for more information on timelines and schedules. All Applications to this NOFA are required to be submitted electronically through the Iowa Grants System, see Funding Opportunity #365549  - Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #003).
 
Program DesignThe State of Iowa is seeking Proposals from Responsible Applicants to provide or incentivize expansion and adoption of a minimum of consistent and reliable 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, as applicable, to unserved Broadband Units or Non-Adopters located in the State of Iowa in a manner that provides the best value to or is to the greatest benefit of the State by providing the greatest overall impact in furthering telework, telehealth, distance learning, and other remote services in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 in one of two of the following ways, or through a combination of both or either of the following (See Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Availability #003 for additional information regarding eligibility criteria and program requirements for speed thresholds):
 
  1. By reducing or eliminating unserved Broadband Units in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure that Facilitates Broadband service at or above 25/3 Broadband or 100/20 Broadband, as applicable (“Infrastructure Project(s)”).
  2. By providing broadband service subscription discounts to Non-Adopters to reduce barriers to adoption and encourage subscription to 25/3 Broadband or faster (“Adoption Projects”).
Eligible Areas. For purposes of this Emergency Program, whether a Census Block constitutes a Targeted Service Area does not impact the eligibility of the Census Block to receive or utilize incentives available through this Emergency Program, but instead will be used to prioritize Projects as part of the scoring process. Refer to the map below and Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Availability (#003) Section 1.2.11. 
 
Questions: Questions concerning NOFA #003, the application process, eligibility, or other matters should be directed via e-mail to ociogrants@iowa.gov. A best effort will be made to provide responses within 1 business day of submission.

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - 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, see Funding Opportunity #365549  - Empower Rural Iowa Emergency Broadband Expansion Program (NOFA #003).

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Schedule of Important Dates

    The timeline for Notice of Funding Availability #003 is set forth below including steps and dates of each of the major element of the program.

    GRANT TIMELINE DATE
    NOFA #003 Issued 7/20/2020
    Application Acceptance Window Opens 7/20/2020
    Application Acceptance Window Closes/Applications Due 8/5/2020,
    11:59 PM CDT
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Begins 8/6/2020
    Technical Review/Quantitative Scoring Ends 8/12/2020
    Applications and Quantitative Scoring Submitted to Evaluation Committee 8/13/2020
    Final Agency Decision / Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award Issued 8/21/2020
    Contracting Process Begins 8/21/2020

     

    Notice of Funding Availability #003 - Broadband Availability Map v2

    The State of Iowa Broadband Availability Map v2, shown below, identifies the locations of United States Census Blocks in Iowa and the availability of broadband as of June 30, 2018. This is the map referenced and used for this Notice of Funding Availability (#003). Please carefully read changes for this federally-funded opportunity that make adjustments to how this map is used in NOFA #003. For purposes of this Program, whether a Census Block constitutes a Targeted Service Area does not impact the eligibility of the Census Block to receive or utilize incentives available through this Emergency Program, but instead will be used to prioritize Projects as part of the scoring process (see Exhibit A - Notice of Funding Availability #003, Section 1.2.11).

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