Grant Process

Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program

On January 7, 2015, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 227 school sites will share nearly $27 million in Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) to help schools enhance their network connectivity so they can successfully administer the state’s new online computer adaptive assessments.

Grant Process

School sites that are potentially eligible for grant funds were identified using input from County Offices of Education, results from the SBAC field test and data collection efforts by the K12HSN. A School Site Eligibility List was released on September 2, 2014.

If a school district or direct-funded charter school believed it had one or more school sites that may qualify for the grant funds and were not included in the SSEL, it had an opportunity to self-nominate the school site by September 30, 2014. This self-nomination also applied to all sites listed on the School Site Eligibility List (SSEL).

Self-nominated sites that met eligibility requirements and sites initially included in the list went through the same validation process to ensure they do not have sufficient network capacity to implement testing in the Spring of 2015.

Each site listed on the School Site Eligibility List (SSEL) was required to go through a pre-validation process. If the school site(s) fell within the priorities of the grant, they were moved to a full validation process. 

STEP 1: Pre-Validation Process

To be considered for funding, all sites had to fill out a short Self-Nomination / Site Information form. Site that met the BIIG eligibility requirements were moved to the validation process.

STEP 2: Full Validation Process:

If a site's eligibility was confirmed, the site had to fill out a BIIG Validation Form by October 10, 2014. The BIIG Validation Form gave us the information needed to score and rank application(s). As part of this validation step and in order for the site to be considered to receive support from the grant, school districts had a signed Letter of Agency (LOA), which is a document that allows K12HSN to procure services on behalf of a school site.

K12HSN with support from the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), County Offices of Education, and other strategic partners are identifying possible solutions and estimate one‐time costs for the eligible sites to make  necessary improvements to their broadband connections.

Eligible school sites that went through the BIIG application process (Self-Nomination and Full Validation) will be scored and ranked according to criteria developed by K12HSN and the California Department of Education, with input from numerous stakeholder groups to include the Governor’s office, the State Board of Education and other statewide organizations.

Grants will be awarded based on how sites are ranked. There may be insufficient funding to serve all eligible applicants. If insufficient funds are available to award all applications that receive a qualifying score, a funding priority based on overall score, in descending order, will be applied until all funds are exhausted. Grant awards will be announced in early 2015.

On October 17, 2014, a final list of eligible school sites that provided their Letter of Agency (LOA) for consideration in the statewide procurement process for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) was completed.

The following statistics highlight the submission data during the three separate stages of the BIIG program.

On October 17, 2014, a final list of eligible school sites that provided their Letter of Agency (LOA) for consideration in the statewide procurement process for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) was completed. Click the link below to access this list:

Contact Us

Questions related to the program may be directed to the K-12 High Speed Network.

Phone: (760) 312-6227
Email: biig@lists.k12hsn.org