ReConnect Program Considerations
Success is creating an eligible project that proposes to serve as many rural customers as possible and submitting a complete application to USDA by the deadline. Follow the rules that are detailed in the ReConnect Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF, 95 KB).
Not sure where to start? These steps are a guide:
Determine EligibilityReview the eligibility information for the Reconnect Program to determine your project's geographic eligibility.
Use the Mapping ToolFind the area you're proposing to serve with broadband speeds of 25/3 Megabits per second (Mbps), or faster. If you are applying for a 100% Grant or a 50% Loan / 50% Grant, consider adjusting the geographic boundaries of your proposed funded service area to provide broadband service to more customers, such as schools, healthcare sites, and public safety facilities, in order to score more points.
Choose a Funding CategoryDecide which one of the three funding categories to apply for: 100% Grant, 50% Loan / 50% Grant and 100% Loan.
Begin Designing Your ProjectOutline technical specifications and engineering plans and draft business plans with financial analysis and market studies for viability of broadband service.
Contact USDAReach out to USDA for assistance or find partners in the telecommunications services industry who might be interested in participating in your project.
Create Your ApplicationThoroughly review the application eligibility factors outlined in the FOA to ensure all requirements are met to be eligible for an award. Application and award materials can be found on the Forms and Resources page.