Getting Missourians Connected
The State of Missouri plans to deploy more than $400 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase broadband internet access, adoption, and assistance statewide. The Department of Economic Development is addressing these three core areas with ARPA-funded broadband programs that will make historic investments in this critical part of our state's infrastructure.
The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program application cycle opens August 15, 2022
The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is excited to announce that the ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program will begin accepting applications on August 15, 2022.
For details, please watch for updates on this webpage and future email announcements.
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Revised Program Guidelines
The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines have been revised with a few clarifications. To review the latest version of the guidelines, click here.
- Added $100 million dollar cap per applicant
- Added clarity to the contiguous nature standard
- Added grant administrative costs as an eligible expense
- Updated the name of the grant portal
- Updated application open and close dates
- Updated Tax Clearance Certificate requirement
- Added flexibility to the Letter of Credit requirement
The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) developed a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide additional guidance to the common questions we have received.
This newly created ARPA Community Identifier Map identifies areas of the state with higher than moderate, moderate, and low income areas as well as qualified census tracts.
The Broadband Availability by census block has been updated to include RDOF and NTIA grant awards.
OBD created a budget template to assist applicants in preparing applications.
Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines
The Department of Economic Development (DED) has posted the final guidelines for its Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. The program is funded via the State of Missouri’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This $265 million program will help communities and providers across the state invest in broadband infrastructure to bring access to unserved and underserved areas through competitive grants.
The Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program's guidelines were posted in late May and DED accepted public comment from May 31 through June 15. The final guidelines are now available here.
Infrastructure Grant - $265M
Fund last and middle-mile infrastructure build out, including One Touch Make Ready and pole replacement costs, bringing minimum speeds of 100 mbps / 20 mbps to unserved and underserved areas.
Cell Towers Grant - $20M
Expand the capacity for all cellular carriers by funding the construction, retroﬁt and refurbishment of towers, especially on public lands owned by state agencies, counties and local governments.
NTIA Grant - $42.2M
Funded through Department of Commerce, NTIA Programs help providers, communities, counties, and regions invest in building broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Broadband Capacity Building - $10M
Invest in the Office of Broadband Development to launch and maintain a GIS broadband coverage mapping effort. Funding will support local broadband planning efforts through broadband feasibility analysis, planning, and technical assistance. It will also add the staffing and technical expertise necessary to effectively carry out grant programs.
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