The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) recently announced an opportunity of funds allocated for the Georgia Capital Projects Fund Grant Program (“CPF Grant Program”). The OPB anticipates that approximately $240 million may be available. Capital Projects must invest in capital assets designed to directly enable work, education, and health monitoring. The CPF Grant Program has been designed to address the critical need for high-speed, reliable connectivity that was highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this need, the CPF Grant Program is seeking applications to provide funding for Broadband Infrastructure Projects (that reliably meet or exceed download and upload speeds of 100 Mbps) to unserved homes and businesses in Georgia. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult and engage with the impacted community(ies) as part of this application process to consider the need for access and affordability levels for households and businesses. Additionally, applicants for the CPF Grant Program must participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) and are strongly encouraged to provide at least one low-cost, affordable option offered at speeds that are sufficient for a household with multiple users to simultaneously telework and engage in remote learning which the State deems as a minimum of 100/20 Mbps.
Eligible applicants are internet service providers (ISP) including co-operatives, electric utilities, and other entities that build or operate broadband networks. Applications are due October 7, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the Georgia Governor’s OPB Capital Project Fund page.