ADMINISTERING A GRANT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishes the rules and guidelines for the E-rate Program and the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) administers those rules and issues the Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL). The Department of Commerce grantees will follow all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and law including those required to complete project activities through the FCC E-rate for Category One special construction projects.
GRANT ADMINISTRATION MANUAL
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program Administration Manual provides detailed guidance on how to administer a Broadband for Montana Schools project. All Broadband for Montana Schools Program requirements that need to be completed are contained within this manual to assist all grantees in completing a successful project that ensure compliance with state regulations. Broadband for Montana Schools Program staff are here to help grantees navigate the program through direct technical assistance and through the guidance provided in the Broadband for Montana Schools Program Administration Manual.
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program Administration Manual is organized in three chapters:
Chapter 1: Program Application for and Approval Process
Chapter 2: Program Grant Administration
Chapter 3: Environmental Review Process
August 1, 2017: Broadband for Montana Schools applications will be available for State matching funds for Category One special construction projects on the Broadband for Montana Schools website.
Feb. 23, 2018: Broadband for Montana Schools webinar hosted by the Dept. of Commerce.
May 1, 2019: The Broadband for Montana Schools Program application window closes at 5:00 p.m. MST.
Ongoing: Department of Commerce award notifications
June 30, 2022: The last day to submit a request for funds of State matching for Category One special construction projects (or as established in a Contract with the Department).