Oregon Department of Education
LastMile Connectivity Grant

The Oregon Department of Education will be funding and promoting LastMile Connectivity grants for the 2011-13 biennium.

This is the third round of grants that ODE has sponsored through Grant-in-Aid monies made available by the Legislature. For this round there is $471,000 available for grants. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and given to schools and districts that do not yet meet minimum standards of greater than 10 megabits (Mbps) per second of bandwidth on their path to the Internet. This can include connections between buildings or directly to the Internet as long as the path creates, at a minimum, 10 Mbps of connectivity. The funds may be used for non-recurring costs associated with building or enhancing connections to greater bandwidth.

The LastMile Connectivity Grants will be managed by Willamette ESD. Questions should be directed to Don Wolff, don.wolff@wesd.org eMail.

2011-13 Grant Information

Complete details and the grant application can be found at http://www.oregoneesc.org/content/lastmile-grants-2011-13.

Quick Facts:
  • Grant Application Process Open: Monday, September 19, 2011
  • Grant Applications Close: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Maximum Award Amount: $50,000.00
  • Total Funds Available: $471,420.00

Application Materials:

Information Sessions:
  • Thursday, September 29, 2011 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2011 9-11 a.m.

For more information about these sessions, including how to connect via WebEx, please visit the WESD Last Mile Grants 2011-13: Support Sessions webpage.


Associated Topics

  • e-Rate Program
    e-Rate is a federally created program to provide discounts to assist most schools and libraries with obtaining affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
  • Other ODE Grants
  • Office of Assessment and Information Services
    The Office of Assessment and Information Services has two primary functions: student assessment; and the collection, validation, and reporting of data for education research, policy-making, and operations.

  • Regional Data Warehouse Provider Grant
    Each biennium, the Oregon Department of Education funds the Regional Data Warehouse Provider Grant Program to meet the goals and requirements of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) initiative.

Additional Links

  • EESC LastMile Connectivity  External Link  
    The Education Enterprise Steering Committee (EESC) is partnership between the Governor's Office, ODE, OUS, K-12 and OAESD.