Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce established the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program with $285 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Starting June 15 the CMC Pilot Program will provide grants to eligible historically Black colleges or universities; Tribal colleges or universities; and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in anchor communities. The grant money can purchase broadband Internet access service, equipment, or can be used to hire information technology personnel to facilitate educational instruction including remote instruction and to lend or provide equipment to eligible students or patrons.

NTIA will subsequently publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on with more details regarding the CMC eligibility guidelines, application instructions, and program requirements.