February 17, 2021
A broadband grant is open for applications through March 5, 2021. The $1 million Expanding Potential in Communities (EPIC) Grant program is funded by Truist Bank and administered by the Internet Society https://www.internetsociety.org/grants/epic/. This program provides grants for eligible communities across the southeast United States, including Florida, ranging from $125,000-180,000.
Non-profit organizations, local governments, municipalities, townships, public-private partnerships, and cooperative organizations are eligible to apply for the Truist EPIC Grant. The grant is geared towards networks that serve low-income communities with significant Black, Indigenous, and diverse populations. Grant funding may be used to build a new network or expand an existing one.
Applicants must meet the following “Eligibility Criteria” to be considered for a grant:
- Timeframe – project must show tangible results* within a year of receiving funding. Funding will occur in two stages between April and December 2021.
- Bandwidth – project must provide a minimum broadband threshold for deployment.
- Applicant must have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration) in order to be eligible for a grant.
Grant proposals who meet the minimum eligibility above will be reviewed against the following criteria:
- Dedicated local champion
- Community-backed support
- Sustainability plan
- Minimum bandwidth requirements
- Availability of local tech partners (ISP, IXP)
- Financial management skills
- Digital literacy
- Low barrier from local laws – low license fees
- Available spectrum (low fees)
- End user hardware available (phone, computer, WiFi router)
- Power infrastructure for towers
- Local infrastructure for deployment (schools, libraries)
- Target demographic impacted
Director, Office of Community Partnerships & Florida Office of Broadband
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity