Institutes of higher education may apply for connectivity grants
Applications are now available to higher education institutions that are seeking to tap into a portion of the $6.9 million Governors Emergency Education fund to improve connectivity for students and professional development for faculty online instruction.
The competitive grants are categorized into three components:
- $4.4 million will go to institutions that are working on access and connectivity for students, which could include purchasing devices or hotspots, or access to the internet.
- $1.5 million will be dedicated for professional development for faculty, preferably toward programs that are systemic in nature.
- $1 million will go to community colleges with funds directed at providing equipment and connectivity to adult education funds.
Deadline for applications for component 1 is Sept. 30. Application processes for component 2 and 3 funds will be available toward the end of September.
Institutions that are eligible to apply are regionally accredited, undergraduate public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities eligible for title IV funding and domiciled in Iowa.
Institutions that receive funding under the first and/or third component must use the funds to provide support to the students with the most significant barriers to accessing online and remote learning opportunities. The institutions will use locally developed criteria to determine the students in greatest need of support.