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Subject: Grants for Internet Service Providers
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: midwest_isp-ga
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Posted: 01 Nov 2005 15:00 PST
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Question ID: 587724
I want a list of grants that an Internet service provider in Western
Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming may apply for.  The Internet service
provider provides broadband internet access, wirelessly, to rural
areas in Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming where broadband is not
available or is limited. The Internet service provider is 50% owned by
a hispanic woman.  The grants might assist in building out the network
to new areas, enhancing facilities, or improving existing technology.

Request for Question Clarification by nancylynn-ga on 05 Nov 2005 20:31 PST
Hello midwest_isp-ga:

I'm working on your question.

Could you please tell me if the ISP you co-own is a not-for-profit? 

Also, does your ISP serve, or have any partnerships with, any school
districts in the region you stipulated?


Best regards,
Google Answers Researcher
Subject: Re: Grants for Internet Service Providers
Answered By: nancylynn-ga on 06 Nov 2005 21:49 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars


"USDA Rural Development Community Connect Grant Program" (AKA "RUS"):

"Frequently Asked Questions
Q: We would like to serve our entire rural county with our project.
May we use data for the county to determine rurality and economic need
scoring criteria?
A: A county is not an eligible community in this program and therefore
no county data may be used for the scoring data that you must submit
for the program. This is a community based program. Your project must
serve one and only one rural (not more than 20,000 population) U.S.
Census community, designated as one of the following in the census
fact finder: city, village, town, borough or CDP.

" *Once you have determined an eligible rural U.S. Census community
for your project, you may include additional non-Census communities
located in the contiguous areas outside this Census community's
boundaries* that are not recognized (due to size) in the U.S. Census -
but you must provide documentation, acceptable to RUS, as to their
existence. Acceptable documentation is: county or state map, or
commercial atlas map, showing location and approximate population."

The site "Rural Telecommunications" describes a USDA loan program,
"USDA Rural Utilities Service Wireless Broadband Loans":
"The USDA RUS Broadband Loan Program is designed specifically to help
local government, community organizations, and service providers
deliver cost effective, high speed Internet access to underserved
communities throughout
rural America."

The official link is:

You'll find more information at the above link, including application forms:


Dept. of Education

If your ISP serves a school district, you may qualify for Technology
Innovation Challenge Grants:

"The Technology Innovation Challenge Grants (TICG) program supports
partnerships among educators, business and industry, and other
community organizations to develop innovative applications of
technology and plans for fully integrating technology into schools.
The program provides competitive 5-year awards to consortia that
include at least one local educational agency with a high percentage
or number of children living in poverty. Consortium members also
include other local educational agencies, state educational agencies,
and institutions of higher education, businesses, museums, libraries,
academic content experts, software designers, and others. *Priority is
given to consortia that serve areas with high numbers of disadvantaged
students or with the greatest need for educational technology* . . .



Private Foundations in Nebraska. See "Finding Funders - Nebraska - Web
Sites of Community Foundations":


"Centers of Excellence in Rural America," which is under the W.W.
Kellogg Foundation:

"The Centers of Excellence in Rural America (CERA) program is focused
on demonstrating that modern telecommunications and information
technology can provide and increase lifestyle excellence in rural
CERA denotes "wired" homes, organizations, and businesses within a
"smart" community rural America. These information-age communities are
designated as CERA HOME-Towns."

Scrolling farther down that page, you'll see:

"With a CTCNet grant, CERA will conduct surveys in two rural
communities. A survey in Powell, Wyoming would assess the current use
of and future demand for high-speed telecommunications bandwidth as
well as opportunities for sharing high-speed telecommunications
bandwidth among users. A survey in Mayville, North Dakota would
identify information technology training needs of citizens and
business to help target development of training courses for the
community's new technology center." (Even if Powell and Mayville
aren't in your service area, at least you know this program is taking
root in the two states you serve, so it seems worth checking out.)

Managing Information with Rural America
Caroline Carpenter, Program Director
Phone: (616) 968-1611
 Fax: (616) 968-0413



"Qwest for Communities
Support community-based development programs that promote economic
growth.Support community programs that build the capacity of
organizations to provide service."

It can certainly be argued that providing broadband in a rural area
can spur economic development!


SBC's Community Development Grants:

SBC grant application:


Beaumont Foundation:

"The Beaumont Foundation of America grants state-of-the-art, wireless
laptop computers and technology equipment to schools and community
groups serving low-income populations and individuals.  . . ."
including "Community grants
of technology equipment to eligible community-based organizations."

". . . In 2005, eligible states are Alabama, Alaska, California,
Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas,
Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota,
Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and
Wyoming. Additional grants will be available in subsequent years."

Community Grants:

"2005 Community Grants Program
The Beaumont Foundation of America provides grants of technology
equipment to hospitals, nonprofit organizations and government
agencies that offer programming for clients within specific Areas of
Focus. In addition, BFA provides technology grants to nonprofit
organizations and government agencies on behalf of individuals with
the expectation that these entities provide technical and programmatic


See "Grants for nonprofits":




Small Business Administration (SBA)

"Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)"

This grant program for minority-owned businesses covers
Communications-based companies.

The SBA's Wyoming Office's Minority Enterprise Development Staff:


Wyoming Business Council

"The Wyoming Business Council has established a framework through the
University of Wyoming to assist and encourage the further development
of technology-related businesses."

Office locations:

The University of Nebraska's "Technologies Across Nebraska" (TAN) program:

This article may be of help: "The MAIN Way of Obtaining Grants.
Mountain Area Information Network [MAIN] Has a Long History of
Leveraging Grants To Fund Its Capital Growth. Its Executive Director,
Wally Bowen, Provides Practical Tips for Exploiting a Grant Strategy,"
by Timothy Sanders, published at Broadband Wireless Online:

You may want to consider joining the Rural Broadband Community:

"If you are a Internet Service Provider or Utility serving rural
communities: RBC will provide you with networking opportunities that
allow access to decision makers for providing broadband services. You
will learn best
practices and what kind of technology solutions are right for your
rural customers. You can also discover the unique needs of rural
communities and how best to serve them with broadband. Additionally,
RBC offers information and advisory services related to applying for
Rural Utility Service grants and loans."

You may also want to attend the Nebraska Rural Institute conference.
The 2005 conference was in September, but you should be able to learn
about a 2006 conference, or contact the group about the 2006
conference, here:

Search Strings

Nebraska OR Wyoming AND grant programs AND ISP
broadband community grants
wireless broadband AND grants AND Nebraska AND Wyoming
grant  program AND ISP AND  Eastern Wyoming  AND western Nebraska
grants for rural areas AND Internet
grants for minority owned internet providers
grants AND rural AND technology AND Wyoming
technology grants + women +minority owned business 
woman OR minority owned business AND grants

I hope my research is of help to you. If you have any trouble navigating any 
of the above links, or if you need me to clarify anything, please post
a "Request For Clarification," and I will assist you.

Best regards,
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