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ConnectME Authority Grant Program - Funds for Broadband Infrastructure Projects
ConnectME Authority Eighth Grant Round
We are looking for creative solutions for expanding affordable broadband service to the unserved areas of Maine. For this round, we continue to request smaller, focused proposals, with a suggested grant limit for each project of $100,000, funding no more than 50% of the total project, while recognizing that we can be flexible for exceptional proposals. Legislation creating the ConnectME Authority provides for funding from a 0.25% surcharge on instate communications services. Grant awards will be made at the ConnectME Authority's May 24th meeting.
- Individual Grant Application Summary received by April 15, 2013.
- Eighth Round Grant Application Form (MS Word-PDF)
- Individual Pre-Application letters(non-confidential material only) 55 pre-application grant letters received.
- Broadband Definition (PDF)
The Authority makes grants for "last mile" infrastructure to provide high-speed internet access to customers in unserved areas of Maine. Specifically, such grants provide a percentage of the cost, matched with funding from an internet service provider, of bringing affordable access from an existing location to unserved homes and businesses, which then pay a monthly access fee to that service provider.
In 2012, after the seventh round of grants had been awarded, 99 projects have been funded for $8 million, with ConnectME covering fully 53% of total project costs. These Authority awards went to 16 Maine Internet service providers (ISPs) from small, one-office operations to those with regional and national offices. Grants ranged from $533 thousand in Washington County for $92 per household (household availability 5,785) to $5 thousand in Massardis for $63 per household (household availability 80).
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