Statewide Library Broadband Access Administrator

Portal ID:
7126
Status:
Closed (1 total application submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The California State Library seeks a partner organization to act as a third-party administrator for its state-funded High-Speed Broadband in California Libraries Program which supports libraries and other state agencies and organizations in connecting to high-speed broadband and supports digital equity in California.

Description:

The Broadband Access Administrator is required to administer the Library Connectivity Grants Program, Broadband Expansion and Collaboration Grant Program, and the Broadband Services Program.  They are required to provide consulting, grant administration, and project planning, implementation, and evaluation services.

The successful applicant shall be required to work in partnership with the Library on funded activities, maintain regular contact with the Library’s Broadband Program team, and submit regular progress reports and a final report upon completion of the project.

The successful applicant will be awarded grant funding to support administrative costs to perform the tasks and activities outlined in the Broadband Access Administrator role and in the Deliverables matrix.  The $6,000,000.00, less administrative costs will also be awarded for the Library Connectivity Program, to distribute to public libraries, tribal libraries, and cultural centers, and upgrade local library equipment to support high-speed connectivity.

The $35,000,000.00 will not be included with the award at this time.  The State Library will evaluate the planning, recommendations, and outcomes for the Broadband Expansion and Collaboration Grant activities before making any additional awards.  Upon the successful completion of planning activities for the Broadband Expansion and Collaboration Grant, this agreement may be revised to include activities and funding augmentation to support implementation activities related to these funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

It is preferred that applicants for the Broadband Access Administrator hold GSA schedules in the Information Technology Professional Services category with an emphasis on:

     Broadband Infrastructure Design

     LAN/WAN Network Design

     Project Management

     Project Planning

Eligible Geographies:

The applicant must be based in the United States.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
12/8/2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
12/13/21-12/31/23

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$9,795,000
Expected number of awards 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.
1
Estimated amount per award 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.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
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

Funding Source Notes:

Assembly Bill 128 (Chapter 21, Statutes of 2021)

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB128

Funding Method: 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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grant funding will be awarded to support administrative costs to perform the tasks and activities outlined in the Broadband Access Administrator role and in the Deliverables matrix.  The $6,000,000.00, less administrative costs will also be awarded for the Library Connectivity Program.  $3,795,000.00 will also be awarded to support the ongoing cost of libraries connecting to the high-speed CENIC backbone.

How to Apply

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

Resources

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

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