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ARC Downtown Wi-Fi Program


Grant at a Glance
 

  • $500,000 available, expect to award 8-12 grants
  • Up to a $75,000 total project cost
  • Match required – Distressed 80/20, At-Risk 70/30, Transitional 50/50
  • 2019 TN Distressed Counties (10) – Bledsoe, Clay, Cocke, Fentress, Grundy, Hancock, Jackson, Morgan, Scott, Van Buren
  • 2019 TN At-Risk Counties (17) – Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, DeKalb, Grainger, Hawkins, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Meigs, Monroe, Overton, Polk, Rhea, Unicoi, Union, White
  • Also include a budget (Federal Standard Form 424 and 424A, SF424B) that outlines all sources of funding for the project and a map of the service area
  • Questions can be directed to Lindsay Gainous at Lindsay.Gainous@tn.gov or 615-253-1907

 


Eligible Applicants

  • Local government entities
  • Other non-profit entities (contact TNECD for approval before submission)


Eligible Expenses

  • Equipment purchase
  • Installation of equipment
  • Testing
  • Service (for up to 12 months)


Eligible Areas

Areas lacking free Wi-Fi available to the public in downtown districts. (This could be expanded to areas near downtown that are important for tourism or economic development.)


Timeline

August 8, 2018  Pre-Applications Available
September 14, 2018 Pre-Applications due to TNECD
October 8, 2018 Full Applications Requested
Fall/Winter 2018 Full Applications Approved, Projects Start

Public Benefit and Impact

40

Alignment with community strategies and needs

Low

Moderate

Significant

3

7

10

10

Ability of project to lead to increased digital inclusion

Low

Moderate

Significant

3

7

10

10

Economic and community development impact of project

Low

Moderate

Significant

3

7

10

20

Implementation

30

Degree of project readiness and ability to implement in timely manner

Average

Very Good

Excellent

3

7

10

10

Reasonableness of project costs

Average

Very Good

Excellent

3

7

10

10

Capacity of applicant to meet program requirements

Average

Very Good

Excellent

3

7

10

10

Performance Measures

20

Identified performance metrics

Average

Very Good

Excellent

6

14

20

20

Sustainability

10

Ability to sustain the project after grant funding ends

Low

Average

High

3

7

10

10

Leveraged Resources

10

Partnerships to increase project impact

1

2

3+

2

4

6

6

Additional leveraged funding

None

Some

Significant

0

2

4

4

Community Characteristics

20

Economic status

Transitional

At-Risk

Distressed

3

7

10

10

Supports Broadband Ready Community

No

Yes

0

5

5

Supports existing Main Street or TN Downtowns Program

No

Yes

0

5

5