2021-2022 California State Library High-Speed Broadband Grant

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The goal of this grant is to bring high-speed broadband to all California public libraries by connecting them to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN).

The funds are intended to enable libraries to connect to high-speed broadband and purchase the necessary network equipment to enable those connections to be utilized by library patrons.


The high-speed broadband grant is open to all public libraries in California connecting to the CalREN network.

Eligible grant expenses are listed below:

Special Construction FundingHardship Funding for initial 12-month recurring circuit costs Network Consulting Funding for consultant costs associated with network design Technology Hardware Funding for network hardware, installation and/or configuration Building Infrastructure Modification Funding for building or room-ready modifications required to install and operate network equipment Upgrades to Inside Wiring to support broadband connectivity Technical Network Training for Library Staff

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Be a California public library with an active contract with the Broadband Access Administrator to participate in a connection to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Have submitted the required Letters of Agency to the Broadband Access Administrator. Intend to continue in the program.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Local match will vary and may be required based on Local Income Per Capita levels.  It is at the discretion of the State Library to modify or waive match funding.

No match for Special Construction or Hardship Grants

Matches for all other grants:

LIPC Level 1 - 0%

LIPC Level 2 - 2.5%

LIPC Level 3 - 5%

In-kind matching is allowed.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Rolling award dates
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
10/21/21 - 6/30/22

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funding will be issued to the applicant library for high-speed broadband networking equipment or directly to CENIC for federal special construction costs for high-speed broadband builds.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-603-7212, broadband@library.ca.gov