Apply for the Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

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The Smart Rural Community®  (SRC) Collaboration Challenge is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. Matching-fund obligations require local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.

The Smart Rural Community® Collaboration Challenge is an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for community-oriented initiatives, including economic development, education, health care and public safety.

But it’s not simply a challenge—it’s a collaboration challenge, because the best applications are not only about technology, but also about working with community leaders. So, tell us who you are; who you are working with; and what you plan to do. Describe the anticipated impacts that will result from your proposal, its costs and how it will improve life in your community.

Recipients will receive double matching funds to complete collaborative undertakings that use local broadband networks to improve and advance rural life.

Application deadline: December 31

The full terms and conditions of the Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge are contained in the program guidelines. Applicants are advised to review those guidelines prior to submitting an application.