Today Business Oregon announced the second piece of new funding to help broadband access in the face of the pandemic, grants to address internet access for K-12 distance learning.
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August 13, 2020

Students Get Improved Broadband Access from New Business Oregon Grants

Today Business Oregon announced the second piece of new funding to help broadband access in the face of the pandemic, grants to address internet access for K-12 distance learning. The Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown allocated $1,610,000 from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to Business Oregon for school districts.

“Learning will look different as we fight the spread of COVID-19,” said Business Oregon Director Chris Cummings. “Whether there is access to buildings or not, students throughout Oregon will certainly need access to online resources and to engage with their teachers and classmates.”

Grants will fund 26 projects that provide improved internet access for K-12 distance learning in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Awardees include school districts and education service districts.

The following entities are receiving grant offers:

Organization Project Name Grant Offered
Baker School District Distance Learning WiFi Hot Spots for All Families $10,000
Banks School District Banks School District Emergency Response Capacity Project $29,996
Canby School District Mobile Cellular Hotspot $8,982
Cascade School District Cascade Broadband $48,000
Central Linn School District Spot Connectivity in Rural Linn County $8,665
Corvallis School District Student Connectivity: Mobile Hotspots $20,000
Dallas School District Emergency Needs Connectivity Response $120,843
David Douglas School District Digital Equitable Access $32,000
Eagle Point School Internet Hotspots $33,528
Forest Grove School District Wireless Hotspots $40,000
Harrisburg School District Verizon Mobile WiFi $21,360
Hood River County School District Hood River County School District Internet Access for Distance Learning $70,900
Jefferson County School District Addressing Access to address the Equity Gap for Rural and Low Income Students $64,061
Lebanon Community School District Teacher/Student Internet Connectivity for Distance Learning $68,728
McMinnville School District Distance Learning Access $36,593
Morrow County School District Internet for Students Project $119,958
Multnomah Education Service District East County Equitable Broadband Access $306,000
NW Regional ESD NWRESD Rural Broadband $122,375
North Lake School District North Lake School District Connectivity Expansion Project $12,896
North Marion School District Remote Internet Access and Hot Spots for Distance Education $55,622
Philomath School District WiFi Network for Equity and Distance Learning $39,804
Redmond School District Distance Learning Student Connectivity $84,656
Reedsport School District Wi-Fi Hot Spots on Buses $27,300
South Lane School District South Lane Rural Hotspots $66,700
Umatilla School District Online Learning for Umatilla Students $120,879
Vernonia School District Student Wireless Access Project $30,000

Funding will be contingent upon successful contract negotiation between Business Oregon and funding recipients. All projects must be completed and grant funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. Unexpended funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury in accordance with the CARES Act of 2020.

Media Contact: Nathan Buehler, 503-689-3559.


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