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Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

Grantor: USDA Rural Development
Posted: May 26, 2017
Due: May 31, 2018

What does this program do?
This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas. Loan applications can be submitted year-round - there is no deadline to apply.

Who may apply?
Most entities that provide telecommunications in qualified rural areas including

  • State and local governmental entities
  • Federally Recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits, including Cooperatives, and limited dividend or mutual associations
  • For-profit businesses (must be a corporation or limited liability company)

What is an eligible area?

  • Rural areas and towns with a population of 5,000 or less
  • Areas without telecommunications facilities or areas where the applicant is the recognized telecommunications provider are eligible

Check with your local RD office to determine whether the proposed service area qualifies

How may the funds be used?
Funds may be used to finance broadband capable telecommunications service

  • Improvements
  • Expansions
  • Construction
  • Acquisitions (in certain cases)
  • Refinancing (in certain cases)
  • For additional detail see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1735.
The Grants Update is sent each day at 3:00 PM when new grants have been added in the previous 24 hours.
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Before your city applies for federal grants:

  • Appoint a contact person
  • Register with Grants.gov using the following steps (please note: this may take between 3 business days and 3 weeks):
Additional information can be found here or by contacting Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.