Broadband Readiness Pilot
- Location – Selected communities will represent different areas of the state;
- Geography – Due to the challenges geography and topography present, areas with varying terrain may be chosen;
- Density – A range of population densities will be considered;
- Unserved/underserved – Communities will be reviewed based on their unserved status per IC 4-4-38-6; and
- Previous efforts – Any current or previous efforts towards expansion or deployment of broadband will be considered.
The selected communities were announced on Wednesday, September 12. Click here to read the full release.
Presented by PCRD, watch this broadband 101 webinar to learn more about broadband: https://youtu.be/vKpU6nFlnL8.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the planning grant process.
Application Packet - click here (includes both application and instructions)
- They meet a goal of the Federal Act;
- Benefit to Low- and Moderate-Income Persons;
- Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight.
- The particular planning project addresses established long-term community priorities;
- The funds granted will have a significant impact on the overall project;
- The community has demonstrated a strong commitment to the project and its sustainability; and
- The project is ready to proceed upon grant award and will be completed within 12 months.
- Environmental infrastructure studies are limited as follows:
- $35,000 for a study on a single utility,
- $45,000 for a study on two utilities, and
- $50,000 for a master utility study (water, wastewater, and storm water).
- Comprehensive plans are limited as follows:
- Populations over 10,000 are limited to $50,000, and
- Populations under 10,000 are limited to $40,000
- Downtown revitalization plans are limited as follows:
- Populations over 2,000 are limited to $40,000, and
- Populations under 2,000 are limited to $30,000.
- Economic development plans are limited to $40,000.
- Public facilities plans (including libraries, community centers, etc.) are limited to $20,000.
- Historic preservation plans will be limited to $20,000.
- Broadband plans will be limited to $50,000.
General types of activities that are eligible for Public Facilities Program funding include:
- Individual project plans and feasibility studies
- Community development, redevelopment and functional plans in areas such as:
- Comprehensive plans
- Downtown revitalization plans
- Strategic economic development plans
- Floodplain and wetlands management
- Historical preservation
- Environmental assessments
DNR created a series of tools to help communities create their own Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan required to apply for DNR funding. Click here for a one-pager of more information.
Minimum Plan Requirements
Prior to November 1, 2018 technical requirement resources:
- Comprehensive Plans_OCRA Technical Requirements
- Downtown Revitalization Plans_OCRA Technical Requirements
- Economic Development Plans_OCRA Technical Requirements
- Historic Preservation Plans_OCRA Technical Requirements
- Community Facilities Plans OCRA Technical Requirements
- Conservancy District Plans_DNR Guidelines
- Environmental Assessment Plans Technical Requirements
- Dams and Levees Plans OCRA Technical Requirements
- USDA/EPA/HUD Preliminary Engineering Report Template
- Stormwater Plans OCRA Technical Requirements
- Water Plans OCRA Technical Requirements
- Wastewater Plans OCRA Technical Requirements
- Water and Sewer System Plans_RUS Bulletin 1780-2 (revised April 2013)
- Storm Drainage Plans_RUS Bulletin 1780-5
After November 1, 2018 minimum plan requirements:
- Comprehensive Plan
- Downtown Revitalization Plan
- Economic Development Plan
- Environmental Assessment
- Historic Preservation Plan
- Public Facilities Feasibility Study
- Water Infrastructure Plan
Please contact the CDBG Program Manager Matt Wakefield if you have specific questions.