2015-16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant

  Thursday, August 13, 2015

We are excited to announce a new funding opportunity for schools and districts throughout California!

In an effort to further support educational technology, the state budget has allocated an additional $50 million (AB 93) in funding to help schools with inadequate bandwidth upgrade their current connection to the internet.  This opportunity will be handled through a grant application process and will be distributed by the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN), in consultation with the Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE).

The 2015-16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) will open on August 21, 2015 and close on September 30, 2015.  You can check the following webpage for new details and information:  http://biig.k12hsn.org.

As stated in the 2015-16 budget bill language (AB 93), first priority will go to local educational agencies that are unable to administer computer-based assessments on-site. Second priority will go to the local educational agencies that have to shut down essential operations to administer computer-based assessments at the school site, including, but not limited to, business services, email, and access to other critical online activities.

All public school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are eligible to apply for these grants, and are encouraged to do so if they meet the criteria listed above. Interested school sites are urged to communicate with their district administration about the grant opportunity before proceeding. 

If you have any questions related to the BIIG 2.0 grant, please contact the K12HSN team at (760) 312-6227 or email us at: biig@lists.k12hsn.org.