Funding guide

USDA - Rural Business Service - Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program


Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Agriculture


Federal Agency

Rural Business Service

Agency Overview

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The agency offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

Program Name

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)

Program Overview

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
Eligible Recipients
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Agency Contact

Various by state. See agency website.

Funding Type

Loan and Grant

FY2018 Funding Amount

$43,000,000