Public Telecommunications Facilities Planning and Construction


To assist in the planning, acquisition, installation, and modernization of public telecommunications facilities, through planning grants and matching construction grants, in order to: (a) extend delivery of public telecommunications services to as many citizens of the United States and territories as possible by the most efficient and economical means, including the use of broadcast and nonbroadcast technologies; (b) increase public telecommunications services and facilities available to, operated by and owned by minorities and women; and (c) strengthen the capability of existing public television and radio stations to provide public telecommunications service to the public.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Communications Act of 1934, Title III, Part IV, 47 U.S.C 390-394, 397-399 (b) as amended, Public Law 87-447, 76 Stat. 64; Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agency Appropriations Act of 2006; Public Law 109-108.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
A public or noncommercial educational broadcast station; a noncommercial telecommunications entity; a system of public telecommunications entities; a nonprofit foundation, corporation, institution or association organized primarily for educational or cultural purposes; State, local, and Indian Tribal governments (or an agency thereof); or a political or special purpose subdivision of a State. Special consideration is given to applications which would increase minority and women's ownership of, operation of, and participation in public telecommunications entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public and students.
All applicants must supply proof of eligibility. Applicants must supply proof of their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license, permit, or application if FCC authorization is required for any aspect of the proposed project. Applicants must provide assurances required under Program Rules and Regulations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program.
Award Procedure
Applications were reviewed on the basis of funding criteria for construction and planning applications as set forth in the regulations.
Dec 02, 2009 NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
In order to achieve the objectives of Section 393 of the Communications Act, the Administrator, in determining whether to approve a construction grant application in whole or in part and the amount of such grant, will consider the projects conformance with priorities, and funding criteria set forth in the Act and the PTFP Rules and Regulations.
How may assistance be used?
Provides grants for the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities. Matching grants are given for apparatus necessary for the production, dissemination, interconnection, captioning, broadcast, or other distribution of noncommercial educational, cultural radio and television programs, as well as noncommercial instructional or informational services. Buildings and renovations of buildings, land, operational expenses, and indirect costs are ineligible.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Construction Schedules, Quarterly Performance Reports, and Annula Reports. No cash reports are required. During construction, quarterly progress reports must be submitted. No expenditure reports are required. The Federal Government maintains a ten-year reversionary interest in the use of the facilities from the date of completion. Annual reports must be submitted before April 1st of each year during such period.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients of construction grants shall keep a complete and itemized inventory of equipment for all public telecommunications facilities under their control. All grantees shall keep complete, current and accessible financial records on all funds associated with the total project. All records of accounts, supporting documents and project records must be retained by the recipient and subrecipient for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Financial Status Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: 47 U.S.C 392 (b) and (c); 15 CFR 2301.6. The Administrator may provide up to 100 percent of the funds necessary for the planning of a public telecommunications facility. The maximum amount of a federal grant for the construction of a public telecommunication facility is 75 percent of the eligible project costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects must be completed within a reasonable period of time, generally one to two years as specified in the award document. Prompt completion is expected. Extensions, however, may be requested in writing if circumstances require additional time. Extensions must be approved by the Grants Officer. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Financial assistance is generally released as required during the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
William Cooperman Room 4812, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: Phone: (202) 482-5802 Fax: (202) 482-2156
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 11 $0; FY 12 est $0; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,122 to $731,924. Average $177,889.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Public Telecommunications Facilities Program and Policy Statement, Final Rules, 15 CFR 2301 printed in 61 FR 57966 (November 8, 1996). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for institutions of higher education, A-87 for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments, and with A-122 for nonprofit organizations. Grants management will be in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and Local Governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available


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