Cities can now submit applications for grant funds to expand broadband infrastructure in their communities. The grants, which will be awarded in amounts up to $5 million, require at least a 50 percent local match. The Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program was established by the 2014 Legislature. The Office of Broadband Development, within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), is managing the grant program and application process. The $20 million in funds allows DEED to consider applications that include either unserved (4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload) or underserved (at the state speed goals of at least 10 Mbps download and at least 5 Mbps upload) areas, or both. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Oct. 28.
Local communities and regional agencies in Greater Minnesota are invited to take advantage of Minnesota’s $7.5 million competitive grant program intended to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for a variety of projects, including many that were previously financed under separate programs such as Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways, and Safe Routes to School. The solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area will open at a later date. For more information about that, contact Heidi Schallberg at email@example.com. The deadline for Greater Minnesota applicants to submit a letter of intent is Oct. 31.