The Minnesota Department of Education invites applications from Minnesota public school districts, charter schools and education districts for projects that expand broadband access for students under the 2016 Laws of Minnesota, chapter 189, article 30, sections 24-25.

Applicants may apply for a Broadband Expansion Off-Campus Learning Grant and, if eligible to receive general education transportation sparsity revenue under Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.10, they may also apply for a “School Bus Internet Access” grant. A total of $500,000 is available for this grant opportunity. The maximum grant award is $50,000 for Grant A  or, if applying for both Grant A and Grant B, $50,000 remains the maximum.

Learn More at Webinar

An informational webinar is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 2 to 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to connect starting at 1:45 p.m. Preregistration is not required. Interested participants may connect:

Via the Web:

  • Webinar Meeting website link
  • Meeting number (if needed): 593 256 492
  • Meeting Password: K12Wireless

Via Conference Call:

  • Call toll-free: (888) 742-5095
  • Follow instructions, then enter Conference Code: 3249482049

Contact Jennifer Nelson with questions at

A question and answer document will be published on the grant site after August 24, 2016. The grant opportunity documents are available now on the department’s grant opportunity site. Applications must be received by (not postmarked by) September 9, 2016, 3:30 p.m. Central Time.