Broadband Grant Applications 2021

Assessor Forms Image of hand filling out form on clipboardJanuary 22, 2021: The County of Nevada welcomes Requests for Applications (RFA) for the 2021 Last-Mile Broadband Grant due March 1, 2021 at 5:00PM. The Board of Supervisors allocated $250,000 for this second round. The Sierra Business Council will manage the grant application process on behalf of the County of Nevada. 


Link to 2021 Guidelines here 

Link to 2021 Application form here

Program Summary:

The focus of the Nevada County 2021 Last-Mile Broadband Grant program is to provide resources to new and existing Internet Service Providers (ISP) to invest in building broadband infrastructure that supports economic development, public safety, remote learning, telehealth services, and overall community prosperity in Nevada County. 

Last mile infrastructure refers to broadband infrastructure that serves as the final leg connecting the broadband service provider’s network to the end-use customer’s on-premise telecommunications equipment. 

Funds will be targeted to areas that may be unlikely to receive broadband service without grant funding. The grant can provide up to 50% of a project’s infrastructure costs (project planning, permits, construction plans and labor, installation and testing, engineering, etc.). The maximum grant amount is $250,000. Multiple, smaller grants will be considered.

Contacts:

Please send application and all inquiries regarding this RFA in writing to:

Kari Sinoff, Project Manager, Sierra Business Council, ksinoff@sierrabusiness.org

Please copy: Caleb Dardick, Projects Administrator, County Executive Office, at caleb.dardick@co.nevada.ca.us

Pre-Application Conference: 

An applicant call is scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM via Zoom Meeting. See guidelines for meeting link and optional call in phone number.

Background Information:  

In July 2019, the Board of Supervisors allocated $225,000 to fund the first round of the Nevada County Last-Mile Broadband Grant Program, which was managed by the Sierra Business Council and County staff. 

In April 2020, the Board of Supervisors awarded Exwire, Inc. and Nevada County Fiber in the amounts of $52,900 and $124,209, respectively for FY2019/20.