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Downtown WiFi Program


Grant at a Glance
 

 


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

January 22, 2019 Applications Available
March 22, 2019 Applications due to TNECD
April 2019 Awards Announced
May 2019 Projects Begin

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