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Department of Commerce - State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program

Federal Agency/Bureau
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Program Name
State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program
Authorizing Legislation

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  

Program Overview

The Digital Equity Act, established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), dedicates $2.75 billion to establish three grant programs that promote digital inclusion and equity to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to the skills and tools needed to for full participation in the society and economy of the United States. The goal of these programs is to promote digital inclusion and advance equity for all to ensure all communities have affordable access and can use the Internet to improve their lives, including low-income households, aging populations, incarcerated individuals, veterans, individuals with disabilities, individuals with a language barrier, racial and ethnic minorities, and rural inhabitants. 

State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program: $60 million formula grant program for states and territories to develop digital equity plans. 



Type of Funding


Link to application site, NOFO, FOA, or (if different from program website above)
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or Federal Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Type


Important Dates (if applicable)

State, DC, and PR application due date July 12, 2022; Other Territory and Tribal Entity Letter of Intent Due date July 12, 2022 and application due date TBD. 

FY2022 Appropriations Amount

Total Amount: $60 Million States; District of Columbia and Puerto Rico: $53.4 Million; Set-Asides: $3 Million for Territories (other than Puerto Rico); $15 Million for Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Entities, and Native Hawaiian Organizations   

Amount Available Towards Broadband (if specified): $60 Million  

Matching Requirement


Complementary Federal Funding Option

NTIA strongly encourages states and territories to concurrently participate in the State Digital Equity Planning Grant program and the Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment Program (BEAD). The BEAD program makes a historic $42.5 billion for grants to states and territories for planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption projects. 

Broadband-related Program Purpose/Eligible Expenditures
Speed/Technical Requirement for Broadband Infrastructure

Not Applicable

Criteria for Eligible Recipients

Each state of the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico is eligible to apply for grants under this program. Separately, territories or possessions of the United States that are not defined as States for purposes of this program, as well as Indian Tribes, Alaska Native entities, and Native Hawaiian organizations, are eligible to enter into grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts with NTIA to carry out the activities contemplated in this program. 

Grant Beneficiaries (if different from eligible recipients)

Digital Equity Plans will be focused on serving members of the “covered populations” listed in Section 60302(8) of the Infrastructure Act. The term “covered populations” means: 

1. Individuals who live in covered households; 

2. Aging individuals; 

3. Incarcerated individuals, other than individuals who are incarcerated in a Federal correctional facility; 

4. Veterans; 

5. Individuals with disabilities; 

6. Individuals with a language barrier, including individuals who— 

a. Are English learners; and 

b. Have low levels of literacy; 

7. Individuals who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group; and 

8. Individuals who primarily reside in a rural area. 

Publicly-available programmatic data

NTIA and the U.S. Census Bureau have collaborated to create the “Digital Equity Act Population Viewer,” which shows covered population totals calculated by the Census Bureau for each state, alongside the other factors used as inputs into the funding formula. The Digital Equity Act Population Viewer can be accessed at 

Contact Information

June 2022