The Office of Rural Broadband’s mission is to ensure that every rural Marylander has access to broadband services, regardless of their zip code. Through partnerships with local jurisdictions and the private sector, the Office offers funding and technical assistance to help entities qualify for federal financing opportunities. The Office also has initiated a broadband funding structure through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing (LGIF) program at the DHCD to complement other funding sources. Through these efforts, Maryland will reduce, and eventually eliminate rural communities and residents being underserved by the current internet infrastructure.
Application for Expansion of Existing Broadband Networks Grant Program (formerly the Broadband Pilot Program)
This program offers grants of up to $200,000 to Local Jurisdictions for 50% of the construction costs related to an ISP extending service to unserved households. The ISP’s partner with the Local Jurisdiction and use their existing network to provide service. A 100% match is required for this grant opportunity.
Program applications are due January 15, 2021
Request for Interest: Federal Funding Application Assistance
This program offers 100% grants to Local Jurisdictions or their ISP partner for the cost associated with Federal Funding Applications. The grant may pay for the cost of market studies, engineering, legal financial and other approved services provided by outside consultants necessary for a Federal Funding Application preparation. The application window has closed, check back to see when the FY21 window will open.
Application for Broadband Network Infrastructure Grant Program
This program will offer grants of between $1 Million and $3 Million to Local Jurisdictions or their ISP partner to construct new broadband networks to service unserved, rural households. The grant may pay for up to 50% of the capital construction costs associated with providing service to unserved, rural homes and businesses. A 100% match is required for this grant opportunity, with some exceptions.
Program applications are due January 29, 2021
Kenrick M. Gordon, Director
Governor's Office of Rural Broadband