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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.  

Eligible Areas - Broadband Grant: Round 2


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


Grant application available

9/5/2018 – 10am CDT

Webinar 1 - Application Review – Watch

9/11/2018 – 11am CDT

West TN Regional Meeting – Jackson

9/13/2018 – 1:30 pm CDT 

Middle TN Regional Meeting – Nashville

9/17/2018 – 1pm EDT

East TN Regional Meeting – Knoxville

10/1/2018 – 11am CDT

Webinar 2 - Application Q&A – Watch


Questions Due by 2pm CST


Completeness Review Deadline


Grant Application Due by 2 PM CST


Broadband Ready Communities Application Due by 2 PM CST


Public Comment Period begins


Public Comment Period ends


Response Period for Finalists (to Public Comment and Data) begins


Response Period for Finalists Ends

March 2019

Grantees Announced




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 grant application contains two sections: Applicant Info and Grant Application.

Applicants submitting more than one application should complete the applicant info section once and the grant application section for each individual project.

Applicants who submit their final grant applications by the Completion Review deadline of November 13, 2018 will have their applications reviewed and will be notified of completion by close of business on November 14. Final application deadline is November 15. Applicants who have incomplete applications as of this date will not be considered.

No incomplete or late applications will be accepted.


  • The application’s “Save and Resume” feature will save application text, but will not save attachments. Please wait until you are ready for submission before adding attachments.
  • For attachments containing more than 5 pages, a summary page is required. We will not accept letters or other attachments via postal mail.
  • For surveys or petitions, the summary page must include the number of signatures and description of process to verify addresses are in the proposed service area.

Match Requirement

The grant will cover up to a 50% of eligible project expenses. A cash-only match is required; no in-kind match will be accepted.

Applicants with additional local match or leveraged funds will receive additional points in the scoring process. Federal grant or other federal broadband funding is not an eligible match.



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