The IDOE State Connectivity Grant program (funded through a $3,415,000 appropriation from the Indiana General Assembly) helps public school districts pay a portion of their annual connectivity costs. The Department of Education uses a funding formula which works in concert with the Federal E-rate program to cover as much of a school’s monthly internet costs as possible. These grant funds will be distributed at the end of each fiscal year (May/June time frame) as long as they continue to be appropriated.
To receive the connectivity grant for 2020-2021, school districts must have a current 471 filed with USAC, a current Indiana Technology Plan Survey on file with the Office of eLearning (completed March 2020), and have completed the Annual Online Assurance form (coming soon).
The Indiana Department of Education supports the implementation of E-rate by sharing program information and rule changes with Indiana schools, supporting the E-rate filing process, certifying free and reduced lunch percentages used in E-rate filing, and responding to information requests during Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) inquiries.