StimulatingBroadband.com 04/21/09 Boston - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the US Department of Agriculture this morning posted on its website a copy of its Notice of Funds Availability and Solicitation of Applications (NOFA), which the agency published in the Federal Register with yesterday's date.
The deadline for applications for this year is June 19, 2009.
The NOFA states that the RUS Community Connect program for 2009 will administer $13.4 million in available grants during calendar year 2009.
This budgeted figure is $2.2 million less than the $15.6 million in grants let by the agency during 2008, and considerably less that the "$20 million to $25 million" "in annual appropriations to the USDA for the program" which we had erroneously estimated, based on incorrect data quoted to us, in our posting of yesterday.
Repeated Note: The annual appropriations and programmatic guidelines for the Community Connect Program are distinct from the $2.5 billion in appropriations and guidelines yet to be issued for the RUS portion of the "broadband stimulus" funds contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the ARRA derived RUS program is expected to be released on or about June 12, 2009 as previously reported by StimulatingBroadband.com here.
The June 12 target date for the ARRA derived NOFA is expected to be a joint issuance with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as the rulemaking proceeding has been jointly conducted by both agencies to date.
RUS Community Connect Program, with 2009 Application Forms
NOFA published in Federal Register of 04/20/09
Community Connect Grant Award Summaries (2005 - 2008)