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10/8/2013 - The West Virginia Broadband Mapping Program announces availability of $745,000 in Technical Assistance Grants.
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As part of the West Virginia Broadband Mapping Program, WVGES has been tasked with administering grant funds to support broadband use and adoption throughout the state. The Technical Assistance Grants are competitive grants, while the Regional Council Grants are dedicated to Regional Planning Councils across the state.
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The intent of the Technical Assistance Grant Program is to fund broadband-related train-the-trainer programs, education, and online application development. A total of $677,625 in grant funds, in amounts between $5,000 to $30,000, was awarded in 2012 in a first round of competitive awards. A second round of competitive awards is available at this time.
The goal of the Technical Assistance Grant Program is to enable education and application development on broadband services and internet applications that are currently available, or due to become available, as broadband infrastructure is installed across the state.
2013 Announcement of Second Round of Funding Available (10/8/2013)
The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey’s Broadband Mapping Program is announcing the availability of approximately $745,000 in funding available as part of the federally-funded Technical Assistance Grant Program. Any public, private, non-profit or volunteer entity is eligible to submit proposals to create or improve the usage of broadband internet through education, train-the-trainer programs, or online applications.
Grants are targeted across multiple sectors in each of the state’s eleven regional planning and development regions. Sectors include, but are not limited to, agriculture, economic development, education, emergency services, public safety, energy and the environment, government, health care, libraries, and tourism/hospitality.
This grant funding is available from the Technical Assistance portion of the State Broadband Data Development (SBDD) grant, which was awarded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Applications are being accepted for qualifying projects in amounts between $5,000 and $30,000.
The applications are due by November 8th, 2013 and grants are expected to be awarded in mid-December 2013. All work must be completed by July 31, 2014; no project extensions will be permitted beyond that date.
These grants are not operational grants and may not be used to purchase computer hardware or off-the-shelf software, pay utilities, or repay loans.
The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Educational Institutions
- Community Organizations
- Planning and Economic Development groups
- State, Local and Municipal Government Agencies
- Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Project work must take place in West Virginia and be of clear benefit to West Virginia entities. Public-private partnerships are encouraged.
How to Apply
Download and review the Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) and accompanying forms. If your organization meets eligibility requirements, match requirements, and other considerations as outlined, the application must be submitted by
Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
Download a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
Revised 10/8/2013 (do not use previous editions)
NOFA Document (Full)
(MS Word, 40 pages, 543 KB)
Technical Assistance Broadband Grants Questions and Answers
Round One of Funds Awarded (2012)
In 2012, the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey’s Broadband Mapping Program awarded $677,625 in grant funds as part of the federally-funded Technical Assistance Grant Program. Thirty-three recipients were chosen based on their goals to create or improve the usage of broadband internet through train-the-trainer, education, or other applications.
Grants were awarded across all of the state’s eleven planning and development regions as well as in multiple sectors, including but not limited to, agriculture, economic development, education, government services, health care, and public safety. Information on the 2012 awards can be viewed below.
- Ethernet Accessibility of Sensors and High Speed Internet for Water/Waste Water and Industrial Applications
Central Barbour Public Service District
- E-Reading to Succeed
Community Connect Foundation
Development Authority of Mercer County
- Mapping the West Virginia Local Food System
Downstream Strategies/WVU GIS Tech Center
- Online Building Permit and Zoning Application Tool
Fayette County Commission
- Fayette County 21st Century Electronic Government Access Project
Fayette County Commission
- Greenbrier County Broadband Tax Payment System
Greenbrier County Commission
- Assessor Online Web Development
Hampshire County Assessor
- Regional 911 Centers and AVL Location Communications System
Hampshire County Office of Emergency Management
- Hancock County Online Tax Payment System
Hancock County Commission
- Jefferson County Public Land Records Digitization and Archive
Jefferson County Commission
- Jefferson County Online Public Land Records Management System
Jefferson County Commission
- Advancing Economic Development with a 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing Interactive Network
Marshall University Research Corp.
- Assessor Online GIS Website
Mineral County Assessor
- Mineral County Online Public Access Project
Mineral County Commission
- Economic Development Application and Web Site
Mingo County Redevelopment Authority
- Sheriff Online Payment
Ohio County Commission
- Online Tax Payment and Inquiry System
Ritchie County Commission
- Internet Property Tax Inquiry
Roane County Commission
- Develop County Website
Roane County Commission
- Sheriff's Tax Office Internet Tax Collection
Sheriff of Taylor County
- Strengthening Local Agriculture with Web Tools for Farmers and Teachers
WV Community Development Hub
- Logging Operations Notification, Inspection, and Enforcement System (LONIE) Broadband Deployment
West Virginia Division of Forestry
- Broadband Simulcast Technician Training
WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Statewide Leaf-Off Imagery Service
WVGIS Tech Center
- Interagency Cooperation Tool
WVGIS Tech Center/WV Division of Natural Resources
- Certificate for Online Teaching
WV Higher Education Policy Commission
- Online Education and Research Tool Upgrade
WV Humanities Council
- Data Mapping: A Portal to Community Health
WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health
- Teach and Learn the Electronic Health Record
WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Evaluation Center
- WVU-P Virtual Training Center
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
- Extended Learning Virtual Advising
WVU Research Corporation
- Online Course Quality Improvement Project
West Virginia Virtual Learning Network/WVNET
This grant funding has been given to the eleven Regional Planning Councils across the state. The Councils will create Regional Broadband Planning Teams (RBPT) which will collect and analyze primary data, separate but complementary to the data collected by the Broadband Mapping Program, to develop strategic broadband deployment and adoption plans in their regions. These plans will help communities within the eleven separate regions leverage the benefits of high-speed connectivity, including economic and social development initiatives that can and will later take advantage of federal, state and other grant opportunities and funding.
Each Council will create a RBPT which will conduct a broadband needs assessment within the region’s boundaries. The needs assessment will gather data and analyze connectivity by anchor institutions, small businesses, and residences and consider factors that influence decisions to obtain or increase bandwidth capacity.
Based upon the results of the needs assessment, the RBPT will develop a broadband strategic plan for the region. This plan will include measurable goals, objectives and benchmarks to keep broadband planning and implementation efforts on track. The regional broadband plans will later be assimilated into a statewide broadband plan.