I just learned about this from Cybertelecom. May be of interest.
Federal Agency Name: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Department of Commerce
Funding Opportunity Title: Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP)
Announcement Type: Initial Announcement-Notice of Availability of Funds
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.550. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program
Program Authority: 47 U.S.C. 390-393, 397
Dates: Completed applications must be received at the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program office no later than 6:00 p.m., EST, Tuesday, March 1, 2005.
Funding Opportunity Description: The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) assists, through matching grants, in the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities in order to:
1. extend delivery of services to as many citizens as possible by the most cost-effective means, including use of broadcast and non-broadcast technologies;
2. increase public telecommunications services and facilities available to, operated by, and controlled by minorities and women;
3. strengthen the capability of existing public TV and radio stations to provide public telecommunications services to the public.
Amount to be Awarded: $19.8 million; approximately 100 awards.
Funding Instrument: Grant
Eligible Applicants: To apply for and receive a PTFP Construction or Planning Grant, an applicant must be: (a) a public or noncommercial educational broadcast station; (b) a noncommercial telecommunications entity; (c) a system of public telecommunications entities; (d) a non-profit foundation, corporation, institution, or association organized primarily for educational or cultural purposes; or (e) a state, local, or Indian tribal government (or agency thereof), or a political or special purpose subdivision of a state.
Cost Sharing: Cost sharing is required.
Limitation on Number of Applications