On February 24th the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted its Proposed Decision (Decision) implementing the Local Agency Technical Assistance Grant Program, as established in Senate Bill 156 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2021). The Decision authorizes funding for up to $500,000 a year, per Agency, through a staff ministerial process, to fund a local government’s costs associated with studies, reports, needs assessments, market studies, broadband strategic plans, or business plans. The full Decision and accompanying guidelines can be found here.
The CPUC has launched a Technical Assistance website to support local government applicants. Additionally, CPUC staff will be holding two webinars on the grant program, scheduled for April 5th and April 19th. Links to register for the webinars can be found on the Technical Assistance website. The CPUC will begin accepting applications for funding in early May.
For more information, please contact RCRC Senior Policy Advocate, Tracy Rhine.