The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Local Planning Grant enables eligible entities to opt-in to receive formula funding to participate in broadband planning activities that will inform the state Five-Year Action Plan which will guide broadband deployment and implementation of the BEAD program.
The Commission seeks to gain insight into each local community’s vision for broadband development. Local plans may include outreach initiatives, conducting local needs assessment and developing local or regional broadband plans.
Who is eligible to apply
Eligible applicants for the BEAD Local Planning Grant formula funding include Wisconsin counties and federally recognized Tribes. Eligible regional groups include the nine Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Organizations as well as the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.
PSC Grants System
To apply for a PSC administered grant, applicants must submit an application using the PSC Grants System.
Use the application material below for details on grant eligibility, instructions on application responses and required documentation when submitting an application in the PSC Grants System.
The program materials for the BEAD Local Planning Grant Program are listed below.
Webinars and Office Hours
To assist applicants and interested persons with the program processes, the following resources are available.
- BEAD Local Planning Grant Program - Information & Overview
Monday, February 6, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
February 6, 2023 Webinar Recording
- The Next Steps in BEAD Planning for Counties, Tribes, and REDOs
Monday, March 6, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
March 6, 2023 Webinar Recording
- BEAD Planning for Wisconsin Counties, Tribes, and REDOs
Monday, April 3, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
April 3, 2023 Webinar Recording
- Organizing for Community Broadband Planning
Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
May 18, 2023 Webinar Recording
- BEAD Local Planning Grant Program - Office Hours (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
June 7, 2023 Office Hours Zoom Link
- Projects & Reimbursements in the Grants System