Funding guide

Department of Education - Impact Aid Programs

Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Education

Federal Agency

Department of Education

Agency Overview

The U.S. Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department recognizes the importance of access to high-speed broadband both inside and outside of school as critical for expanding educational and career opportunities for students—particularly those in rural, tribal, or under-resourced communities—and is committed to identifying Department funds that can be used to support access to broadband.

Program Name

Impact Aid Programs

Program Overview

The mission of the Impact Aid Program is to disburse Impact Aid payments to local educational agencies that are financially burdened by federal activities and to provide technical assistance and support services to staff and other interested parties.


Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
Eligible Recipients
  • K-12 Schools
  • State and Local Governments

Agency Contact

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount


FY2019 Funding Amount


Additional Information

This is one of a number of Department programs that provides funds that could be used to support broadband access.  However, the allowability of costs is always situation specific.  For that reason, if you decide to use funds under this program for costs related to broadband access, you must be sure that the use of the funds is, under the specific circumstances of the expenditure, reasonable and necessary and does not violate other program requirements, such as supplement not supplant. We also note that, while funds under this program can be on broadband access, its primary focus and purpose is not primarily focused on that issue.