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. Grant funds will be distributed two times during the grant cycle (December 2018 & June 2019).
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 (completed March 2018), and have completed the Annual Online Assurance form (online form will open July 23, 2018). Distribution award letters for the 2018-19 grant will be sent in September 2018.
Please contact Melissa DalCorobbo, State E-Rate Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
IDOE Connectivity Memo (released 5/12/2017)