NLC Federal Advocacy Newsletter – Help Connect Families in Your Community to Broadband 

Source: National League of Cities

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – a $14.2 billion dollar opportunity to close the digital divide by assisting qualifying low-income households with affording broadband service. The FCC recently announced a new grant program to help communities expand outreach efforts to increase ACP enrollment, specifically to reach historically unserved and underserved populations. Learn more here.

Sustainability Program Office Hours 

Citiespeak Podcast: Building Resilient Cities with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

Muni Broadband: So You Want to Own an ISP? 

Response and Recovery

Biden Administration Announces Campaign to Get More Americans Updated COVID-⁠19 Vaccines
The Biden Administration announced a six-week campaign through the end of the year urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine, focusing on reaching seniors and the communities that were hardest hit by COVID-19 by making it even more convenient to get vaccinated and increasing awareness through paid media. Learn More >

Advancing Equitable Workforce Development for Infrastructure Jobs 
The Biden Administration has released a guide that provides an overview of federal funding resources to support equitable workforce development in support of BIL programs and beyond. Learn More >

Revolutionizing Transportation: The SMART Program 
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established DOT’s historic Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant program. SMART will help local communities leverage advanced smart city or community technologies to improve transportation efficiency and safety. This Local Infrastructure Hub session will focus on how local leaders can develop competitive SMART applications, featuring several special guest speakers, including Mike Bloomberg.   Register Here >


Infrastructure Bootcamp Registration Ends Soon 
NLC and the Local Infrastructure Hub are offering bootcamps for populations of 150,000 residents or fewer, designed to help local governments take advantage of the grant opportunities available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Register now before 12/16. Register Here >

Broadband.Money Launches Free Community Tools and Resources 
Broadband.Money has launched a bundle of free tools in the Community Broadband Toolkit to help your community generate fresh data about the current broadband reality as experienced by community members in your area. The toolkit includes a speed testing protocol, distribution tools and more!  Learn More >

Water Resources Development Act Advances in Congress 
The bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 7776, WRDA) authorizes flood control, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in communities across the country. The House passed WRDA on Dec. 8 by a vote of 350-80 and the Senate is expected to take it up this week.  Learn More >

Model Recycling Toolkit and Grants Available to Local Governments  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a Model Recycling Toolkit to help communities increase participation in recycling programs and reduce contamination in the recycling stream. The Agency also launched two grant programs under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for public education and outreach and improving solid waste infrastructure. Learn More >

Technical Assistance & Funding Opportunities

AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps State and National Grants.
Closing Date: 1/4/2023 
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Federal Communications CommissionAffordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program, Pilot Program Grants
Closing Date: 1/9/2023 
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Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Program.
Closing Date: 1/11/2023
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Environmental Protection Agency – Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grants.
Closing Date: 1/16/2023 
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Department of Labor – Building Pathways to Infrastructure Job Grants Program.
Closing Date: 1/24/2023
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC).
State Closing Date: 1/27/2023 – Local sub-application dates are sooner .
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Department of LaborYouthBuild Program. 
Closing Date: 2/7/2023 
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National Science Foundation Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) Program.
Closing Date: March 2, 2023 for Beginnings and Pivots tracks only. The second Thursday in September, annually thereafter, for all three tracks.
Apply Here >