(Washington, DC) The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) released a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), accessible through the DC-State Broadband Initiative (DC-SBI) project. The Request for Applications (RFA) will be released on Monday, April 1, 2013 and the deadline for submission is Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5 pm (EST).
The DC-SBI subgrant is a citywide project issued by Connect.DC, OCTO’s digital inclusion program. The subgrant is through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) SBI, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to bridge the digital divide, by funding local efforts to foster the efficient and creative use of technology. The District-led efforts vary, but include programs to 1) assist small businesses and community anchor institutions in using technology more effectively, 2) investigate barriers to broadband adoption, 3) develop innovative applications that increase government services and information, and 4) establish local task forces to expand broadband access and adoption.
The subgrantee will be required to conduct research and investigate barriers to broadband adoption. Based on the research conducted, the selected applicant will write at least one (1) white paper explaining the barriers and solutions to increased broadband access and adoption in the District for small businesses and residents.
For more information about the subgrant, please contact Michell Morton, Subgrant Administrator, at (202) 478-5960 or via email.
Jill Melnicki (202) 442-3201