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CARES Act: BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Ohio Department of Education


    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with BroadbandOhio, provided Ohio schools and Education Service Centers with the opportunity to apply for funds through a grant application process.

    The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant is linked to RemotEDx, a new $15 million suite of remote education supports for schools funded by the Ohio Department of Education CARES Act state activity funds. A component of RemotEDx includes the deployment of Connectivity Champions, who are singularly focused on helping schools remove barriers to internet connectivity and coordinate connections to state-level resources. Connectivity Champions will be deployed through Information Technology Centers, in partnership with the Management Council and the Ohio Department of Education.

    Devices and services that provide connectivity include:

    • Home internet paid for by the district for students;
    • Hotspots/Mifis with a service plan;
    • Mobile hotspots (including on buses);
    • Public Wifi infrastructure; and
    • Other technology that provides a connection for the student.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Ineligible expenses include:

    • Laptops and Chromebooks that can only access the internet through Wifi or a wired connection;
    • Hardware that does not contribute towards an internet connection;
    • Devices that do not primarily allow a child to have access to the internet; and
    • Cellphones unless repurposed to only function as a hotspot.


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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible groups include:

    • Economically disadvantaged students including, students on free lunch;
    • Vulnerable children and youth as defined by the Ohio Department of Education;
    • Students who might have chronic conditions; and
    • Students who do not have other access to the internet.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were due August 21. Grants were received and awardees were notified on September 2, 2020. This is expected to be a one-time funding opportunity.

    Federal legislation has extended the grant opportunity through December 31, 2021.

    Award Details

    $50 million was available in funding. Federal legislation has extended the grant opportunity through December 31, 2021.

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