Category/Topic
Community Development, Education, Housing
State or Federal?
State
Summary
The purpose of this program is to increase broadband access and adoption in publicly supported communities (PSCs).

The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) was expanded in September 2013 with the passage and subsequent signing into law by Governor Brown of Assembly Bill (AB) 1299. AB 1299 adds a fourth account to the CASF program dedicated to broadband access and adoption in publicly supported housing communities. On December 18, 2014, the Commission approved the rules implementing the new Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA).

The Commission will award up to $5 million for grants and loans to a publicly supported community to support programs designed to increase adoption rates for broadband services for residents in that publicly supported community.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Funding is limited to publicly subsidized multifamily housing developments owned by either of the following two entities:

1. A public housing agency that has been chartered by the state, or by any city or county in the state, and has been determined an eligible housing agency by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2. An incorporated nonprofit organization that has received public funding to subsidize the construction or maintenance of housing occupied by residents whose annual income qualifies as "low" or "very low" according to federal poverty guidelines.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jul 01, 2015
Due Date Notes
Applicants may submit applications at their convenience using the guidance provided in the Application Instructions. The Commission will process applications on a quarterly basis. To be considered in that timeframe, applications must be received on or before the following dates:

January 15, 2015
April 1, 2015
July 1, 2015
October 1, 2015
January 1, 2016
April 1, 2016
July 1, 2016
October 1, 2016
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Required match of 15% of the total project costs. Applicants must also sustain the project for 12 months or until 75% of residents are trained.

The 15% match may be provided with donations from residents in exchange for devices, donations of devices or software from third parties, or volunteer personnel hours worked to train residents.
Funder
California Public Utilities Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$5,000,000
Competition Notes
The cost of eligible devices is limited to $250 per device.
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