ConnectME's goal is to support the expansion of broadband throughout Maine. In an effort to support that expansion, ConnectME offers two grant programs: Planning and Infrastructure.
The Planning Grant program was created to help communities determine plans that define local broadband needs, goals and through digital inclusion efforts encourages adoption of identified best practices by participating municipalities and organizations. Plans must inventory existing broadband infrastructure assets within the municipality, municipalities or regions and include a gap analysis defining the additional infrastructure necessary to meet identified needs and goals. An assessment of all municipal procedures, policies, rules and ordinances that have the effect delaying or increasing the cost of broadband infrastructure deployment are part of the process.
The Infrastructure Program awards grants for "last mile" infrastructure to provide broadband to customers in unserved areas of Maine. Specifically, such grants provide a percentage of the cost, matched with funding from an internet service provider.
Expanding affordable broadband through creative solutions for affordable broadband service to the unserved areas of Maine and promote the policies of the State related to broadband service.
Community Broadband Planning Grants
Awarded to communities to produce plans that define local broadband needs, goals and encourages adoption of identified best practices by participating municipalities and organizations.