The goal of the funding is to ensure all Montana K-12 public schools have high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. A one-time appropriation of $2 million was designated for the 2019 Biennium.
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program application process will evaluate proposals to leverage FCC E-rate funds to achieve the goal of providing broadband access and related technologies to Montana students.
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program matching funds are available for all Montana K-12 schools, including elementary schools, high schools, K-12 school districts, and consortiums of K-12 schools, as those entities as defined in Title 20, Chapter 6, MCA. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until beginning Aug. 1, 2017 until May 1, 2019.
Limited State matching funds are available through the Broadband for Montana Schools Program. Prioritization of applications received will be based on urban, rural or frontier area, level of poverty, bandwidth per student, and costs of megabytes per second/month (Mbps). Any Montana K-12 public school, school district, or consortium seeking State matching funds for broadband services should submit an application to the Broadband for Montana Schools Program as soon as possible, regardless of the status of their FCC Form 471.
APPLYING FOR A PROJECT
Applications will be accepted on a continual basis until May 1, 2019. An individual school, a school district, or a consortium of a Montana K-12 public schools can apply as soon August 1, 2017, regardless of their status of their FCC Form 471.
Completed applications to the Broadband for Montana Schools Program will be accepted starting August 1, 2017, but must be received by the Department before May 1, 2019. Send one (1) hard copy OR (1) electronic copy to DOCBroadband@mt.gov.
Completed application includes:
- Application to the Broadband for Montana Schools Program
- Resolution to submit Application
- Preliminary Project Budget
- Project Implementation Schedule
*CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION*
Applications can be mailed to:
Broadband for Montana Schools Program
Community Development Division
Department of Commerce
P.O. Box 200523, 301 S Park Ave, Helena, Montana 59620-0523
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Broadband for Montana Schools Program staff with any questions they have concerning application submittal and requirements. The Montana Department of Commerce is committed to assisting all K-12 public schools, school districts, and consortia in applying for the Broadband for Montana Schools Program State matching funds for Category One special construction projects. DOCBroadband@mt.gov or 406-841-2770
APPLICATION REVIEW AND AWARD
Applications for the Broadband for Montana Schools Program will be accepted starting August 1, 2017.Applications will be received on a continual basis until May 1, 2019. No applications will be accepted after May 1, 2019.
State matching funds are available on a first come, first-served basis. A contract will not be executed with the Department until the applicant has submitted a Form 471 and received a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) from USAC. The Department reserves the right to rescind funding if it’s intended use is for purposes other than the State matching funds for Category One special construction projects as outlined in the application. Limited funds will be disbursed based on need, capacity and reach.