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Connecting Minority Communities Program


The Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program is a $268 million grant program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the purchase of broadband internet access service and eligible equipment or to hire and train information technology personnel.

NTIA’s Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program grant (CMC) is currently in the post award phase period, providing technical assistance and programmatic oversight of the awards.  The funding from this Internet for All grant program was made on a rolling basis, awarding grants to 93 universities including: 43 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 31 Hispanic Serving Institutions, 21 Minority Serving Institutions, and 5 Tribal Colleges and Universities.  The funding received by the colleges and universities allows these institutions of higher learning to positively impact the broadband capacity of their campuses, students and faculty, and surrounding anchor communities, assisting to close the digital divide and provide Internet for All.


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Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Technical Assistance

Find information, technical assistance, and documentation to help manage your award.

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Award Recipients

See all of the announced award recipients, the award totals, and locations for this grant program.

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Program Archive

Need assistance with our programs? Visit our program support page for information about who to contact for each funding program.

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Press Releases

Keep up with all of the latest news and updates for this program. Visit the Press Release page.

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Need documents from past stages of the program? Visit the program archive for past FAQs, program documentation, and assistance sessions.

ConnectingUS: A signal in the mesas

by Margaret McGill

Gabriel Tahy lives in the middle of Navajo Nation – surrounded by mesas and close to the family members who help him learn more about Navajo culture and traditions.

But living on the reservation has meant sacrificing connectivity to the Internet.

When you’re on the Rez, a lot of things become less convenient – one of the things is cell phone reception and 5G service,” said Tahy, 33, who lives on Navajo Nation land near the border between Arizona and New Mexico. “But it’s home.”

OMBI Identifies Barriers, Helps Close the Digital Divide

Marking one year of expanding high-speed Internet access in minority communities, NTIA’s Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives (OMBI) today released its inaugural Annual Report. This report, required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), details OMBI’s accomplishments over the office’s first year, identifies barriers to high-speed Internet access in minority communities, and outlines the office’s role in achieving digital equity across the United States.

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