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Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program

Overview


The goal of the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program is to fund programs that ensure communities have the access and skills to fully participate in the digital world, regardless of their background or circumstances. This program will complement digital equity activities funded by the Capacity Grant Program.

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This is the first funding opportunity from the $1.25 billion Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program, the third of the three Digital Equity Act programs. The Digital Equity Act provides $2.75 billion to establish three grant programs that promote digital equity and inclusion.

Below you can find links to materials that will help you as you’re getting ready to develop and submit your application. We will continue adding materials as more information becomes available, so bookmark this page and check back frequently for updates.

Get Ready Materials

Get tips on how to prepare for the upcoming funding opportunity.

Digital Equity Act at a Glance

Application Information


Application Details Coming Soon

What can potential applicants do right now?

  • Set up your Accounts

    You MUST have an active SAM.gov and UEI to register to access the NTIA Grants Portal (NGP) to apply. These items can take weeks or months to set up, so get started as soon as possible.

    • Create or verify an active SAM.gov registration and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number.
    • Register for access to the Application Portal. You will NOT be able to access the application portal without this.
    • Decide early who needs access. Make sure members of your grant team have the right level of access.
    • Make sure usernames and passwords for all relevant accounts (e.g., SAM.gov, NGP, etc.) are accessible and current to avoid last-minute issues.
  • Get Organized

    In order to have time to prepare, review, and submit your application ahead of the due date, you need to get organized and plan ahead.

    • Prepare early: Make sure your team is in place and ready to get started on your application as soon as the NOFO is announced.
    • Submit early: Aim to submit the application ahead of the due date to avoid last-minute technical issues and to demonstrate professionalism and preparedness. Plan ahead! DO NOT wait until the application deadline to submit your applications.
    • Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Things to do now: Get to know the federal forms needed to apply: SF-424, SF-LLL, CD-511.
  • Build Partnerships

    Partnerships can enhance an application by providing diverse expertise, increasing credibility, and extending a project’s reach.

    • Leverage Expertise for Covered Populations: Leveraging the expertise of those partners with a proven track record of serving Covered Populations can help strengthen the project’s ability to effectively reach and serve those groups.
    • Collaborate on Proposal Development: Work together with partners to develop a strong, cohesive proposal. Leverage each partner’s strengths in drafting sections, gathering data, and providing insights.

Who Can Apply


Eligible entities include:

  1. A political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of a State, including an agency of a State, including an agency of a State that is responsible for administering or supervising adult education and literacy activities, or for providing public housing, in the State;
  2. An Indian Tribe, an Alaska Native entity, or a Native Hawaiian organization
  3. A foundation, corporation, institution, or association that is not-for-profit entity and not a school;
  4. A community anchor institution;
  5. A local educational agency;
  6. An entity that carries out a workforce development program; or
  7. A partnership between any of the entities described in paragraphs (1) through (6). 47 U.S.C. §1724(b).

For additional details, check out 47 USC 1724: Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program (house.gov).

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)


Coming Soon