GREAT GRANT PROGRAM

Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO), as authorized under S.L. 2018-5 and amended by S.L. 2019-230, is providing grants to private providers of broadband services to facilitate the deployment of broadband service to unserved areas of the State. The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds eligible projects in economically distressed Tier One counties. The application materials and program guidelines 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.

Key Dates

  • 12/12/2019: Information Session
  • 12/16/2019: Applications Open
  • 03/16/2020: Applications Deadline

The GREAT program is designed to expedite the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of Tier One counties, with transmission speeds of at least 10 Mbps download, and at least one Mbps upload. Deployment of speeds of 25:3 Mbps or greater is encouraged.

In accordance with S.L. 2018-5 and amended by S.L. 2019-230, “applications shall be made publicly available by posting on the Web site of the Department of Information Technology for a period of at least 30 days prior to award.”

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