State Board of Works Accepting Broadband Construction Loan Applications Through April 26
More than $19.9 million available for projects providing broadband to unserved communities in Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Public Works Board is accepting broadband infrastructure construction loan applications through midnight April 26, 2022. Cities, towns, counties, public port districts, special purpose districts, quasi-municipal corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations, cooperative associations, limited liability companies organized for the purpose of expanding broadband access and incorporated businesses or partnerships can apply.
Approximately $19.9 million is available for lending, with funding allocations determined through a competitive scoring and ranking process. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, no guarantee funds will be available for future rounds of broadband construction loans.
“The Public Works Board is thrilled to announce the opening of our broadband construction funding round with over $19 million available for low interest loans,” said Board Chair. , Kathryn Gardow. “As broadband high-speed service is funded and built, we are bridging the digital divide, connecting our families and communities to education, telemedicine and other opportunities. Broadband is the infrastructure needed now to build vibrant communities and businesses across Washington State, and the Board of Public Works is proud to continue to be a leader in providing this infrastructure funding. vital.
Applicants should contact local ISPs by March 15
Importantly, RCW 43.155.160(5)(o) requires loan applicants to contact local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) near the proposed project area at least six weeks prior to submitting a loan application. funding to PWB – no later than March 15, 2022 for this funding opportunity. This contact is to request the ISP’s plan to upgrade broadband service in the project area to speeds that meet or exceed the state’s definition of broadband service within the timeframe of the proposed project. Applicants must submit documentation of this interaction with their application.
Evaluation and ranking of applications begins immediately after the close of the application cycle, as does the ISP challenge process. The PWB anticipates notification of the awards in July 2022.
March 1 application workshop (online webinar)
The PWB will host a free virtual application workshop on March 1, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. provide valuable advice for submitting more competitive applications.
Please visit the Public Works Board Broadband Funding webpage for more information and to apply for funding.
For more information and updates on other state broadband programs and funding opportunities in Washington State, visit the State Broadband Office website.