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Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant

Broadband Accessibility Grants
The Broadband Accessibility Grant Program is designed to offset the capital expenses in the deployment of broadband in unserved areas.  The goal of this program is to facilitate broadband access to all Tennesseans while promoting practices that increase deployment and encourage adoption.  Funds will be targeted to areas that are unlikely to receive broadband service without grant funding.  

Round 2 Timeline

July 17, 2018 Grant Application Available
August 2018 Webinar 1 - Application Review
August 2018 Regional Meetings
September 2018 Webinar 2 - Application Q&A
October 8, 2018 Questions Due by 5pm CDT
October 9, 2018 Completeness Review Deadline
October 11, 2018 Grant Application Due by 2 PM CDT
October 11, 2018 Broadband Ready Community Application Due by 2PM CDT
October 24, 2018 Public Comment Period Begins
November 15, 2018 Public Comment Period Ends at 5PM CST
November 26, 2018 Response Period for Finalists (to Public Comment and Data) begins
December 12, 2018 Response Period for Finalists Ends
February 2019 Grantees Announced

**Projects must be completed within 2 years of the start of contract.




Points Possible

Need for Grant Funding

Lack of federal funding that will result in the provision of at least 10/1 service in the proposed area    


Description of need including  an evaluation of eligibility for the grant and  why the area is difficult to serve    


Likelihood that the area will not be served without grant funding (including consideration of public comments)    



Leveraged and Match Funds

Additional match (cannot be from another federal or state program) provided by grantee or other leveraged funds 


Speed, Scalability and Affordability

Scalability of technology will provide a long-term solution for the community.  Speed and affordability are competitive and will meet community needs    


Sustainability and Implementation Readiness

Technical, managerial, and financial capabilities of the applicant demonstrating the ability to complete the proposed project    


Economic and Community Impact

Economic development impact  and tailoring of project to meet community needs (relative to the overall cost of the project) 


Service to a previously unserved or underserved community anchor institution    


Adoption Strategy

Plan to encourage adoption of broadband services


Community Support

Partnerships and support from local community    


Broadband Ready

Serves a political subdivision designated as a Broadband Ready Community





The application will be available July 17, 2018.



Any questions regarding this application must be submitted in writing via email to:
Recipient: Crystal Ivey, Broadband Grant and Program Manager, at
Subject Line: TNECD Broadband Accessibility Grant Application Question

Applications must be received online by
October 11, 2018 at 2:00pm CDT.