The IDOE State Connectivity Grant program helps public school districts pay a portion of their annual connectivity costs. 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 and June 2019).
To receive the connectivity grant for 2019-2020, 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 2019), and have completed the Annual Online Assurance form (online form will close September 1, 2019). Distribution award letters for the 2019-20 grant will be sent in September 2019. Grant funds will be distributed two times during the grant cycle (December 2019 & June 2020).
The Indiana Department of Education supports the implementation of E-rate by sharing program information and rule changes with Indiana schools, supporting in the E-rate filing process, certifying free and reduced lunch percentages and procuring a statewide Internet service provider. Click here for E-rate information.
IDOE Connectivity Memo (released 5/12/2017)