The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 appropriated $14.2 billion for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP),  which provides qualifying low-income households discounts on broadband service and connected devices, and expressly authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outreach for the Affordable Connectivity Program, including providing grants to outreach partners. The ACP plays an integral role in helping to bridge the digital divide, which is an ongoing priority for Congress, the FCC, and across the federal government.

Recognizing the importance of effective outreach to eligible households from trusted messengers to historically underserved communities, Congress authorized the FCC to establish the Outreach Grant Program. The Outreach Grant Program provides eligible governmental and non-governmental entities with the funding and resources needed to increase awareness of and participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those eligible households most in need of affordable connectivity.

Program Goal

The goal of the Outreach Grant Program is to facilitate the promotion of the Affordable Connectivity Program and increase awareness of and participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among eligible households.

Program Objectives

To support the Outreach Grant Program Goal, the FCC has identified three objectives:

  • Expand and support diverse and impactful outreach efforts nationwide;
  • Strengthen outreach partners nationwide by empowering them to mobilize people and organizations to help raise awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program; and
  • Increase ACP enrollment as a result of Outreach Grant Program funded activities.

These objectives are consistent with the authorizing language in the Infrastructure Act and are also consistent with the Commission's strategic goals and objectives.

Key Milestones

The FCC is actively working towards achieving the following milestones in the development and implementation of the Outreach Grant Program (dates are subject to change):

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Release: November 10, 2022
  • Application Submission Deadline: January 9, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Anticipated Award Date: On or before March 10, 2023

Application Submission Requirements

Eligible applicants must submit a complete application to CGB for funding consideration before the application submission deadline which consists of standard forms and program-specific forms:

  • Standard Forms:
    • Form SF-424 – Application for Federal Assistance
    • Form SF-424A – Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs
    • Standard Form LLL – Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable)
    • Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (if applicable)
  • Program-Specific Form:
    • ACP Outreach Grant Program Application Template

To access application forms and instructions, go to grants.gov under Assistance Listing (CFDA) Number: 32.011 - Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program. By submitting an application, organizations agree to comply with the requirements of the NOFO.

Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program – Pilot Program Grants

A single NOFO will be issued for the two Pilot Program Outreach Grants associated with the ACP, providing a total of $10 million per Pilot Program:

  • Your Home, Your Internet Pilot Program (YHYI) Outreach Grant: Provides funding to eligible state, local, and Tribal housing agencies (including housing authorities) or non-profit organization, community-based, organization, or tenant association partners to federal, state, local, or Tribal housing agencies (including housing authorities) entities for outreach activities (including application assistance) to increase awareness and encourage participation in the ACP for households receiving federal housing assistance. YHYI funding will only be provided to entities that are selected to participate in the YHYI Pilot Program.
  • ACP Navigator Pilot Program (NPP) Outreach Grant: Provides funding to support outreach activities (including application assistance) by trusted, neutral third-party entities, such as schools and school districts, or other local or state government entities, to increase awareness and encourage participation in the ACP among eligible households. NPP funding will only be provided to entities that are selected to participate in the ACP Navigator Pilot Program.

Updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2022