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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.

Middle Mile

Middle Mile grant applicants need to apply for funds directly through NTIA’s grant application portal.

All federal grant applicants need to complete the online System for Award Management (SAM) registration process at https://www.sam.gov in order to get assigned a Unique Entity Identifier Number. You’ll need this before you start your application process.

SAM registration usually takes three to five business days, but can take up to three weeks.

NTIA pre-approval is not required for other applicant types.

For State and Territory applicants, go ahead and follow the instructions to register. NTIA will then send an approval email with a link to complete your registration process.

As part of the Portal registration process, State and Territory applicants need an approval email from the NTIA is before registration can be submitted.

Applicants also need to ensure they complete all the steps outlined in NTIA’s middle mile application checklist

Note that non-state and non-tribal government applicants still should consult and coordinate with state broadband offices — or the equivalent coordinating office.

Once registered, you will be taken to the Application Workspace tab where you will upload template forms and ultimately submit your application.

The Application Workspace tab contains sections and subsections of the overall middle mile application listed in the following order in which to complete the application:

Acknowledgement

Application Information

  • Form 424  o Organizational Details & Capacity  o Required Documents

Project Information

  • Project Details  o Technical Capabilities  o Required Project Documents

Budget Information

  • Financial Information  o Budget Form 424C  o Budget Narrative, Detailed Budget and Required Documents

Attestation & Application Submission

Scott D. Woods

VP - Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships

Ready.net

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