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 2021-2022, school districts must have a current 471 filed with USAC and a current Indiana Technology Plan Survey on file with the Office of eLearning (due April 23, 2021).
For questions regarding connectivity and E-Rate contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.