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
- 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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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