GREAT GRANT PROGRAM

Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology

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 N.C. Session Law 2018-5 § 143B‑1373(e) “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.”

GREAT Grant Program

Application Instructions

Please follow the directions below to complete your application. For more detailed instructions, click the button below the list. 

  1. If you have not already, register for an NCID.
  2. Complete a User Authentication form.
  3. Return to the GREAT Grant webpage.
  4. Click “Start Your Application.”
  5. Click “Continue” to access the grant application portal.

* Interactive instructions are the same instructions as the video, however, they allow you to progress forward and backward using slideshow functionality.

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO), as authorized under S.L. 2018-5, 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 within S.L. 2018-5.

Key Dates

  • 11/01/2018: Information Session
  • 11/09/2018: Applications Open
  • 01/11/2019: 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 N.C. Session Law 2018-5 § 143B‑1373(e) “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.”

GUIDELINES & FAQ

What key definitions do I need to know?

Key definitions and requirements contained within the program information are derived primarily from the legislation that created the program. Below you will find a guidance document that includes key definitions specifically related to the GREAT Grant program.

What is the criteria for eligibility?

While the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO) cannot provide a listing of all households or businesses within the state that have broadband service of less than 10:1 Mbps available, the Office has compiled some general data on eligible areas to serve as a starting point for interested applicants. Broadband availability data is collected twice per year by the Federal Communications Commission, from providers of facilities-based broadband services through their Form 477 data submissions. This data is granular to the census block level. If one household within a census block is shown as being served, the full census block is reflected as being a served block.

In an effort to support the mapping and planning efforts required to complete this application, we have built a resource that will allow you to locate eligible areas.

What application materials do I need?

The online application process will require the following materials to be submitted for consideration of each proposal. Additional explanation or details may be offered within the online form itself, but the list below provides general guidance on materials required for submission.

How and Who can Protest an Application?

The enacting legislation creating the GREAT Grant program outlines a Protest Process for a provider of broadband services to protest an application on the grounds the proposed project covers an area that is not eligible. Interested parties may also submit comments during the protest window. Below, you will find a link to more detailed information around protesting.

How are applications scored?

The GREAT Program is a competitive grant program. Applications shall be scored based upon a system that awards a single point for criteria considered to be the minimum level for the provision of broadband service with additional points awarded to criteria that exceed minimum levels. Applications receiving the highest score shall receive priority status for the awarding of grants.

How do grant awards and agreements work?

Applications receiving the highest score shall receive priority status for the awarding of grants. Applicants awarded a grant(s) shall enter into grant award agreement(s) with the NC Department of Information Technology/Broadband Infrastructure Office. The agreement shall contain the elements outlined in the Application Materials.

How do I get an NCID?

As part of the application process, you are required to register an NCID. Below, you will find a link to the link to the NCID Registration Form.

How do I complete an User Authentication form?

As part of the application process, you are required to have a completed User Authentication form completed and on file. Below, you will find a link to the form that must be completed and returned to the Broadband Infrastructure Office via email at greatgrant@nc.gov.
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How to access the GREAT Grant Mapping Tool?

In an effort to support the mapping and planning efforts required to complete this application, we have built a resource that will allow you to locate eligible areas.

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