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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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BUNKER HILL – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is encouraging Central Illinois communities to apply for the Illinois Connected Communities grant program aimed at helping local governments, schools, and community organizations expand their broadband capacity.

Unveiled this month by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, the $150,000 program will provide professional expertise and grants of up to $15,000 to help communities close existing gaps and lay the groundwork for improved broadband access, adoption and utilization.

“Lack of connectivity is one of the most urgent challenges facing rural families, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Manar said. “No access to internet could mean no access to remote learning, telehealth services, job opportunities, and a number of government services. This program will be an excellent tool for rural communities in need of a stronger and more robust broadband infrastructure now and for the future.”

Illinois Communities Connected grantees will participate in a combination of focused in-person and/or online community-specific, cohort-wide, and regional activities throughout a period of up to 12-months. These activities will build toward the creation of a community-driven broadband strategic plan. At any point during the program, communities may invest their grant funding toward one or more of the following:
  • Connected Community staff time or overhead
  • Study, planning, or preparation for broadband access, adoption or utilization
  • Additional broadband-related support, technical assistance or consultative services

The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, and applications will be accepted here through June 12.

Communities seeking more information on the grant program are encouraged to tune in to the next Developing Broadband Leadership webinar at 11:30 am on Wednesday, June 3. To register, visit https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=21891.

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