Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants Available
September 8, 2015 In an effort to further support educational technology, the state budget has allocated an additional $50 million in funding to help schools with inadequate bandwidth upgrade their current connection to the internet. This opportunity will be handled through a grant application process and will be distributed by the K-12 High Speed Network in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE).
All public school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are eligible to apply for these grants. Applicants will fall under one of three categories of funding based on the following conditions:
- First priority will be given to school sites with a current connection below 20 Kbps per student, that will be unable to administer the 2016 computer-based CAASPP and are unable to improve their Internet connection.
- Second priority will be given to schools with less than 100 Kbps per student and which have limited options to improve their connections for the computer-based CAASPP.
- If funds are available, awards will be made to underconnected schools ranked by the lowest connection capacity.
The 2015-16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) application window closes on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. For more information about this grant opportunity, please visit the BIIG website.