Infrastructure Grant Program Begins

SANTA FE—The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has secured $3 million in total funding to launch a Rural Broadband project intended to facilitate broadband implementation in unserved and underserved parts of New Mexico. As part of this effort, DoIT is excited to announce the New Mexico Broadband Infrastructure Grant (NM BIG) program. Applicants can apply for any amount up to the $3 million total.

DoIT plans to award several NM BIG grant funds via a competitive process to eligible entities with shovel-ready broadband projects that will deliver broadband capabilities to unserved parts of New Mexico. Recipients will be required to apply for complementary federal funding for eligible service areas, leveraging the State funding and work to improve their opportunity to receive federal funds – thus increasing the total impact of State funding.

DoIT released the NM BIG request for grant proposals today.

Those who are eligible to apply for the NM BIG grants include local and tribal governments, Non-profit entities, For-profit corporations, Limited Liability corporations, and cooperative or mutual organizations.