California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Adoption Account

Adoption Funding Overview

The Broadband Adoption Account, created via Assembly Bill 1655, provides grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as grants for digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption. The CPUC will give preference to programs and projects in communities with demonstrated low broadband access, including low income communities, senior citizen communities, and communities facing socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption. For more information please review the program’s FAQs.

Funding Available

The Broadband Adoption Account is authorized $20 million to provide grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion.

Eligible Applicants

Local governments, senior centers, schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations with programs to increase publicly available or after school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as digital literacy training programs are eligible to apply for grants.

Publicly supported communities who are otherwise eligible to apply for grants from the Broadband Public Housing Account are also eligible to submit an application only after all funds available for adoption projects from the Public Housing Account have been awarded.

Eligible Projects

Digital Literacy Projects- Digital inclusion projects can include digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption, including low-income communities, senior citizen communities, and communities facing socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption.

Broadband Access Projects- Publicly available or after-school broadband access projects can include free broadband access in community training rooms or other public spaces, such as local government centers, senior citizen centers, schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations. It can also include funding community outreach, such as analysis, comparison of Internet plans with the community, and call centers that will increase broadband access and adoption. 

Applying for Funds

Project proposals are being accepted beginning July 1, 2018.

To Apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, the CPUC will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch, until all funds have been awarded. Any deadline falling on a holiday or a weekend will be extended to the following business day. The CPUC will post the application descriptions submitted by the deadline on the CPUC’s CASF webpage.

  • August 31, 2018
  • January 1, 2019
  • July 1, 2019
  • January 1, 2020
  • July 1, 2020
  • January 1, 2021
  • July 1, 2021
  • January 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022

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Prospective applicants who have questions about the application process may send an email to CASF_Adoption@cpuc.ca.gov

 


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