Program Overview

Pursuant to Public Utilities (Pub. Util.) Code section 281, moneys in the CASF Adoption Account are available to the Commission to award 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 Commission is required to 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.

See the CASF Adoption Account History webpage for more information. 

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.

Eligible Projects

Digital Literacy (DL) Projects- Digital inclusion projects may 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 (BA) Projects- Publicly available or after-school broadband access projects may 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 may 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. 

Funding Available

The CASF Adoption Account is authorized $20.024 million for fiscal year 2022-2023 to provide grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion.

Applying for Funds

To Apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time.  However, staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch, until all funds have been awarded.

Application Cycle Deadlines:

  • July 1, 2022
  • January 1, 2023
  • July 1, 2023

And every January 1 and July 1 thereafter, until funds are exhausted.

Any deadline falling on a holiday, or a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

Staff will post a list of applicants and projects submitted by the deadline on the CASF webpage and will post of list of projects funded.  

Documents for Funded Projects

Administrative Manual (details standard procedures such as for project reporting and payment requests) and the Adoption Account Guidelines:

Forms Required to be Submitted for Reporting and Payments:

    Pre-award Submissions and Funded Projects

      Requests for Funding July, 2022, Submissions

      List of Proposed Projects

      List of Projects Approved by Ministerial Review

      All Funded Projects with Status as of June, 2022

      Adoption Account Funded Projects 

      Surveys for Participants

      Digital Literacy Project Pre-Survey

      Digital Literacy Project Post-Survey

      Access Project Survey

      Additional Information

      Adoption Account FAQs

      Any questions can be directed to CASF_Adoption@cpuc.ca.gov.  

      California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Adoption Account