The IDOE State Connectivity Grant program helps school districts pay a portion of their annual connectivity costs. The grants are funded per Indiana Code 4-34-3-2, School and Library Internet Connection. The fund dollars come out of the Build Indiana Fund and currently the total working budget is $5,000,000. Out of that total budget, schools receive $3,415,000 and Libraries receive $1,585,000. The Department of Education uses a funding formula and awards each district up to $2,700 a month toward internet cost. The funds are distributed semi-annually.
To receive the connectivity grant, school districts must have a current 471 filed with USAC, a current Indiana Technology Plan Survey on file with the Office of eLearning, and have completed the Annual Online Assurance form (sent in May). We have 359 school districts eligible to receive the connectivity grant for the 2017-2018 school year.
Distribution letters for the 2017-2018 grant were sent the week of December 18, 2017. If your school did not receive a copy, please contact Melissa DalCorobbo via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDOE Connectivity Memo (released 5/12/2017)