COLUMBUS — Ohio schools can now apply for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.
A total of $50 million will be allocated through the CARES Act to expand high-speed internet access for Ohio students using remote learning during the COVID crisis.
“Now, more than ever, life as we know it is dependent upon broadband,” state Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren, said in a news release. “Access to the informative and educational tools provided by broadband should be available to all. Through these grants, our schools may apply for much needed funding for remote learning.”
Purchases made since July 1 of this year are eligible for support from the grant program. The application period closes Aug. 21. Schools can apply for the grant here.
“This pandemic is presenting many challenges for our local schools,” state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said in the release. “The BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant will support our administrators, teachers, parents and students in the 58th district as they face new challenges in the coming school year.”