BEAD NOFO Deep Dive
Scott Woods, former NTIA executive and Ready.net's new VP, gives insight into the historic BEAD NOFO.
Pre-application Activities: Register with the Federal System and Create Your NTIA Portal Profile
All federal grant applicants need to complete the online SAM registration process in order to get assigned a Unique Entity Identifier Number. You’ll need this number to apply for NTIA’s federal grant programs.
How To Win A Middle Mile Grant
Middle mile grant applicants must address NTIA’s program priorities and IIJA statutory requirements outlined in the NOFO and prove that they’re capable of executing.
Project Details — What you need to know, think about and include
Information about climate resiliency, labor practices, type of technology to be used, competitive landscape analysis, interconnection policy, community anchor institutions, an environmental narrative and more.
Timelines & Templates
Applicants must submit a detailed timeline, as well as detailed information about climate resiliency, environmental impact, labor practices, type of technology to be used, competitive landscape analysis, interconnection policy, community anchor institutions, and more.
The Buy American requirement
All funds made available through the Middle Mile Grant Program for broadband infrastructure must comply with the Build America, Buy America Act. Learn more about this requirement here.
Commerce’s Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions
Grant applicants also must comply with the Commerce Department’s Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions
Matching Fund Requirements
Middle Mile applicants are required to provide at least a 30 percent non-federal cost share match or request a waiver.
Lesson 1. Here Are The Keys To Succeed When Engaging With A Local Community
To gain local communities' trust, patience is key
Lesson 2: Cultivate Trust With Strategic Local Community Leaders
Win over influential local leaders to gain wider acceptance in the broader community.