Statewide Library Broadband Access Grants Manager

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The California State Library seeks to procure expertise in the continued development and execution of the High-Speed Broadband for California Libraries program, specifically the Collaborative Connectivity Grant Program. 

The resulting award is intended to support the administrative efforts associated with programmatic administration of the Grant Program as detailed below.   


As a Charter Associate of the nonprofit Corporation for Education Networking Initiatives in California (CENIC), the California State Library offers all public libraries in California the opportunity to connect to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and thereby obtain fast, reliable, low-cost broadband access to their communities via one of the world’s premier educational broadband networks. As part of this mission, the State Library works with a program partner that serves as the Statewide Library Broadband Access Grants Manager (“Grants Manager”).  

The State of California provides ongoing funding for public libraries to maintain charter memberships in CENIC, and connect to CENIC’s broadband backbone, CalREN. In 2021, the State Legislature approved $35,000,000 in one-time Broadband Access funding for the Broadband Program.

The California State Library seeks a Grants Manager who will enter into an agreement with the State Library to act for three and one-half years, January 1, 2024, to June 30, 2027, as its administrative and fiscal partner for the Collaborative Connectivity Grant. ,  

The State Library’s Collaborative Connectivity Grant is designed to cover the cost of connecting community anchor institutions (libraries, schools, telehealth or medical facilities, tribal service facilities) in underserved communities in California to affordable, fiber or fiber equivalent broadband. A minimum of two anchor institutions must collaborate to apply, with at least one of those institutions being a public library. The grant will cover the costs not covered by other federal and state programs (such as E-rate or the California Teleconnect Fund) to install fiber or fiber-equivalent broadband to each of the applicants’ eligible sites. 

Prospective Grants Managers must agree to be the applicant of record for the grant, disburse the funds, and be responsible for all administrative and fiscal management of the grant funds including contracts, fiscal records, reports and some operational functions. The Grants Manager shall be expected to assign dedicated staff to the project. 

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

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Eligible Geographies:

Applicants must be able to do business in California. 

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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.
December 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
June 30, 20267

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)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Josh Chisom, 1-916-603-6713,