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.
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.
- 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
The applicant must be based in the United States.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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