Pine County releases Broadband Grant Program

The Pine County Board has allocated $750,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for broadband. As part of the broadband assessment that was conducted by Hometown Fiber, this grant program was developed to make use of ARPA funds to be granted to providers for the construction and expansion of broadband to serve county residents, businesses, and institutions in the most cost-effective but impactful way. 

Pine County has opened the first round  of funding with the application period running May 3 to June 17 with an allocation of $250,000 to be awarded out.  The program is intended to leverage other grant and equity funding and has a 100 Mbps symmetrical service requirement.

Applications will be reviewed by the broadband subcommittee consisting of Commissioners Hallan and Lovgren, Economic Development Coordinator Lezlie Sauter, and County Administrator David Minke.  The committees' recommendations will be presented to the county board for award consideration.

The Pine County Broadband Grant Program application & requirements can viewed here:

Important dates to consider:



May 3, 2022, 4 p.m. CT

Grant application and guidelines published on County website.

May 10, 2022 , 4 p.m. CT

Deadline for requesting uploading assistance and reasonable accommodations.

May 24, 2022, 4 p.m. CT

Deadline for submitting questions and requests for clarification.

June 17, 2022, 4 p.m. CT

Applications due from applicants: Applications are public information. 

June 24, 2022, 4 p.m. CT

Deadline for submitting an objection to a grant application 

July 1, 2022, 4 p.m. CT

Deadline for submitting a response to an objection

For more information contact: Lezlie Sauter, Economic Development Coordinator, 320.591.0019 or