Funding guide

USDA - Rural Utilities Service - Community Connect Grant Program

Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Agriculture

Federal Agency

Rural Utilities 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

Community Connect Grant Program

Program Overview

The Community Connect program helps fund broadband deployment in rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private-sector providers to deliver service. The grants offer financial assistance to eligible service providers that will construct, improve, or expand broadband networks in rural areas.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
Eligible Recipients
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Small Businesses

Agency Contact

For questions about the Community Connect Grant Program, please email Community Connect or call the Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800.

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount