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Forms and Resources

Overview

This page provides useful resources that ReConnect applicants can use to gain a better understanding of the program requirements. The page will be updated regularly to include educational materials, relevant forms and documents, and other learning opportunities.

Key Resources

  • Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA): The Build America, Buy America Act, enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 15, 2021, focuses on maximizing the federal government’s use of services, goods, products, and materials produced and offered in the United States. BABAA requires that all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used by non-Federal entities in federally funded projects for infrastructure must be produced in the United States.
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): The NOFO, published on February 21, 2024, outlines the rules and eligibility requires for the fifth round of ReConnect program funding.
  • ReConnect Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 651 KB): This document provides information about key aspects of the ReConnect Program including who may apply, what is an eligible area, how funding may be used, where to find technical assistance, and more. The ReConnect Program Fact Sheet is also available in Español(PDF, 640KB).
  • ReConnect Program Tribal Fact Sheet (PDF, 469 KB): This document provides information about key aspects of the ReConnect Program and includes key considerations for Tribal applicants.
  • ReConnect Regulation: On February 26, 2021, RUS published the ReConnect Regulation in the Federal Register and on Regulations.gov. The ReConnect Program Regulation codifies policies and procedures for the ReConnect Program, and sets forth the general policies, eligibility requirements, types and terms of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations and program requirements.
  • General Field Representatives (GFRs): The Telecom Program staff includes GFRs stationed around the country. GFRs are an integral part of our outreach delivery and technical assistance system. GFRs meet regularly with interested applicants and borrowers, serve as a local information conduit and keep stakeholders current on issues that profoundly impact their business.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): The following FAQ documents will be updated regularly to include answers to questions submitted by interested ReConnect Program applicants during webinars, regional workshops, and via the Contact Us Form on the ReConnect website:

Round 5 NOFO Webinar Recording

Coming soon.

Round 5 Application and Award Forms

This section provides a list of the application forms and legal documents that ReConnect applicants and awardees may need as part of the application or award process. Not every form is relevant to each funding category. These documents are initial versions and may be modified at a later date. Click on the name of each form to view more details, or to download a copy.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

ReConnect Program Guide

System User Manual (Coming Soon)

ARR Resolution Instructions and Samples (PDF, 151 KB)

Depreciation Rates (PDF, 170 KB)

Network and Financial Workbook (ZIP, 367 KB)

Network Design Certification (PDF, 115 KB)

AWARD MATERIALS

Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit (DOC, 40 KB)

Round 4 ReConnect Forms and Resources

Round 4 ReConnect Key Resources

  • Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA): The Build America, Buy America Act, enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 15, 2021, focuses on maximizing the federal government’s use of services, goods, products, and materials produced and offered in the United States. BABAA requires that all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used by non-Federal entities in federally funded projects for infrastructure must be produced in the United States.
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): The FOA, published on August 4, 2022, outlines the rules and eligibility requires for the fourth round of ReConnect program funding.
  • ReConnect Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 599KB): This document provides information about key aspects of the ReConnect Program including who may apply, what is an eligible area, how funding may be used, where to find technical assistance, and more. The ReConnect Program Fact Sheet is also available in Español (PDF, 1.6 MB).
  • ReConnect Program Tribal Fact Sheet (PDF, 460KB): This document provides information about key aspects of the ReConnect Program and includes key considerations for Tribal applicants.
  • ReConnect Regulation: On February 26, 2021, RUS published the ReConnect Regulation in the Federal Register and on Regulations.gov. The ReConnect Program Regulation codifies policies and procedures for the ReConnect Program, and sets forth the general policies, eligibility requirements, types and terms of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations and program requirements.
  • General Field Representatives (GFRs): The Telecom Program staff includes GFRs stationed around the country. GFRs are an integral part of our outreach delivery and technical assistance system. GFRs meet regularly with interested applicants and borrowers, serve as a local information conduit and keep stakeholders current on issues that profoundly impact their business.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): The following FAQ documents will be updated regularly to include answers to questions submitted by interested ReConnect Program applicants during webinars, regional workshops, and via the Contact Us Form on the ReConnect website:

Round 4 FOA Webinar Recording

On Thursday, August 11, 2022, RUS staff hosted a live webinar to provide an overview of the ReConnect Program FOA announced on August 4, 2022.

Round 4 Application and Award Forms

This section provides a list of the application forms and legal documents that ReConnect applicants and awardees may need as part of the application or award process. Not every form is relevant to each funding category. These documents are initial versions and may be modified at a later date. Click on the name of each form to view more details, or to download a copy.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

ReConnect Round 4 Application Guide (PDF, 22 MB)

ARR Resolution Instructions and Samples (PDF, 286 KB)

Depreciation Rates (PDF, 170 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire - NHPA Section 106 (PDF, 222 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire – Project (PDF, 546 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire – Site and Route (PDF, 365 KB)

Environmental Construction Map Resource Layers (Web Map Services) (PDF, 147 KB)

Legal Opinion (DOCX, 20.3 KB)

Network and Financial Workbook (ZIP, 367 KB)

Network Design Certification (PDF, 115 KB)

AWARD MATERIALS

Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit (DOC, 40 KB)

Additional Resources

Round 3 ReConnect Forms and Resources

Round 3 ReConnect Key Resources

  • Deadline Extension (Federal Register Notice): The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has extended the deadline for submission of applications for ReConnect funding under the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published on October 25, 2021, to Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 11:59 a.m. Eastern. This extension of time provides interested parties with an additional 15 days to submit an application for ReConnect funding. Applications will not be accepted after March 9, 2022, 11:59 a.m. Eastern, until a new application opportunity has been opened with the publication of an additional FOA in the Federal Register.
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): The FOA, published on October 25, 2021, outlines the rules and eligibility requires for the third round of ReConnect program funding.
  • ReConnect Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 599KB): This document provides information about key aspects of the ReConnect Program including who may apply, what is an eligible area, how funding may be used, where to find technical assistance, and more. The ReConnect Program Fact Sheet is also available in Español (PDF, 1.6 MB).
  • ReConnect Regulation: On February 26, 2021, RUS published the ReConnect Regulation in the Federal Register and on Regulations.gov. The ReConnect Program Regulation codifies policies and procedures for the ReConnect Program, and sets forth the general policies, eligibility requirements, types and terms of loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations and program requirements.
  • General Field Representatives (GFRs): The Telecom Program staff includes GFRs stationed around the country. GFRs are an integral part of our outreach delivery and technical assistance system. GFRs meet regularly with interested applicants and borrowers, serve as a local information conduit and keep stakeholders current on issues that profoundly impact their business.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): The following FAQ documents include answers to questions submitted by interested Round 3 ReConnect Program applications during webinars, regional workshops, and via the Contact Us Form on the ReConnect website:

Round 3 ReConnect FOA Webinar Recording

On November 18, 2021, RUS staff hosted a live webinar to provide an overview of the ReConnect Program FOA announced on October 25, 2021.

ReConnect FOA Webinar Slide Deck (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Round 3 ReConnect Application and Award Forms

This section provides a list of the application forms and legal documents that ReConnect applicants and awardees may need as part of the application or award process. Not every form is relevant to each funding category. These documents are initial versions and may be modified at a later date. Click on the name of each form to view more details, or to download a copy.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Application Guide (PDF, 22 MB)

ARR Resolution Instructions and Samples (PDF, 151 KB)

Depreciation Rates (PDF, 170 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire - NHPA Section 106 (PDF, 222 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire – Project (PDF, 546 KB)

Environmental Questionnaire – Site and Route (PDF, 365 KB)

Environmental Construction Map Resource Layers (Web Map Services) (PDF, 147 KB)

Legal Opinion (DOCX, 21.6 KB)

Network Design Certification (PDF, 115 KB)

AWARD MATERIALS

Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit (DOC, 40 KB)

ReConnect Program Construction Procedures (PDF, 693 KB)

ReConnect Program Legal Agreements (ZIP, 612 KB)

Additional Resources