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Illinois Broadband Grant Program (Connect Illinois)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)


    On August 15, 2019, IL Governor JB Pritzker launched a statewide strategic initiative to guide broadband expansion across the State. Work completed by this initiative will be centered around three main outcomes:

    • Telehealth: Increase access to telehealth across the state of Illinois, which will provide additional health care options to communities in rural Illinois and expand treatment opportunities in areas such as mental health and opioid addiction.
    • Education: Put the state on a path to increased broadband access for K-12 schools throughout Illinois to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.
    • Economic Development: Expand economic development and opportunity in urban and rural communities throughout Illinois. This investment will support the growth of Illinois' agriculture economy and information technology sector and will help to modernize transportation and support the development of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    In early 2020, the council will deliver a report to the governor and General Assembly with recommendations for the statewide broadband expansion.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Additional (non-grant) funding will be allocatedfor a secure K-12 Broadband Network available at no cost for all Illinois K-12 public schools. This program removes barriers that limit access to secure Internet bandwidth in todays digital learning environment. The key objective is to provide connectivity through the ICN, ensuring every Illinois public K-12 school has sufficient and fully funded bandwidth to meet the needs of their students, faculty, and administration. 


    DECO Office of Community Assistance Staff

    DECO Office of Community Assistance Staff
    500 E. Monroe Street
    Springfield, IL 62701
    (217) 785-1709

  • Eligibility Details

    Details on eligible applicants are pending. Funds are anticipated to be prioritized for underserved areas in the State. See more at:

    Deadline Details

    Details on application deadlines are pending. In early 2020 the council will deliver a report to the governor and General Assembly with recommendations for the statewide broadband expansion.

    Award Details

    Up to $400,000,000 is anticipated to be available for a statewide broadband deployment grant program. Details on award amounts and distribution are pending.

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