GREAT Grant The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office, as authorized under S.L. 2018-5 and amended by S.L. 2019-230 and S.L. 2020-97, provides grants to private providers of broadband services to facilitate the deployment of broadband service to unserved areas of North Carolina. The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of economically distressed counties. The grants help bring high-speed internet to thousands of North Carolinians, businesses and farms in the most rural and remote areas of the state. These areas include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties as well as rural census tracts located in development Tier 3 areas that are currently served by less than 25 megabytes per second download and 3 megabytes per second upload speeds. The grants are available to private broadband service providers and are designed to connect these areas with broadband as quickly as possible. 2020 Supplementary Application Period Key Dates Date Milestone Sept. 14, 2020 Application period opens Oct. 14, 2020 Application deadline Oct. 17, 2020 10-day protest and comment period opens Application Instructions To begin the application process: If you haven't already done so, register for an NCID. Follow these instructions to register. Complete the user authorization form, and send it via email to email@example.com. Approval of user authentication forms typically takes 24 hours from time of receipt. Once approved, you will get an email informing you that you may access the NCDIT Enterprise Business Services portal to apply for a GREAT Grant. Using your NCID credentials, log on to the Enterprise Business Services portal to start your application. Note: Internet Explorer is the only browser that can be used with the portal. Continue to follow the detailed application instructions. Materials & Resources The application materials and program guidelines below are for use when applying for the GREAT Program and have been developed based on the enabling legislation for the GREAT program as authorized under S.L. 2018-5 and amended by S.L. 2019-230 and S.L. 2020-97. Download all the GREAT Grant Supplemental application materials in a zip file, or choose the files you need from the list below. 2020-2021 GREAT Grant Supplemental Program Guidance Document 2020 County Tier Designations Detailed Application Instructions North Carolina Broadband Mapping Tool North Carolina Broadband Mapping Tool Instructions NCID Registration Instructions User Authorization Form Applications In accordance with North Carolina Session Law 2018-5 § 143B 1373(e) and amended by S.L. 2019-230 and S.L. 2020-97, "applications shall be made publicly available by posting on the website of the Department of Information Technology for a period of at least 10 days prior to award." Have Questions? For questions about the GREAT Grant or the application process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about using the Enterprise Business Services portal, contact EBS Support at 919-707-2208, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send an email to EBSSupport@ncdot.gov.