A program of the Blandin Foundation

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Broadband Innovation Grants

The Broadband Innovation Grant Program provides matching funds to eligible applicants in rural Minnesota communities for projects that promote accessadoption and use of broadband technologies.

Access strategies are designed to improve a community’s access to broadband services, either communitywide or in targeted locations.

Adoption strategies are designed to overcome barriers to the use of broadband technologies within the community, with a focus on end-user devices, broadband services and training.

Use strategies are designed to stimulate more active and sophisticated use of available technologies for health care, education, business and government.

Project examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting a community technology survey
  • Holding a community technology fair
  • E-Commerce/Technology training for business
  • Community web portals
  • Public access labs and/or hot spots
  • Digital inclusion activities, including computer refurbishing and redistribution projects
  • Two-way video applications for home healthcare, education, etc.

Equipment purchases will not be funded except in the context of implementation of innovative projects designed to advance use of technology outside of institutional settings.

Grant deadlines for 2017 are:

  • April 7
  • June 23
  • September 22

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