TVA will fund up to eight more Connected Communities
With 14 pilot projects underway, the public utility wants to expand the scope and geography of communities using technology- and data-driven solutions. Applications open this month.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will make up to $2 million in grants available in the next round of funding through its Connected Communities initiative that aims to improve the quality of life and promote equity in communities through innovative, community-driven solutions.
The program will select up to eight projects with a maximum award of $750,000 per project.
The Connected Communities initiative, launched in 2022, supports TVA’s goal of creating the nation’s most advanced energy system while striving to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The program seeks to expand access to technology to test approaches that will enhance access to digital services, create a healthy environment, scale economic opportunities, or prepare for natural disasters and cyber threats.
Currently, TVA has 14 pilot projects underway, and the public utility wants to expand the scope and geography of communities using technology- and data-driven solutions. The projects that received funding under the previous round focused on monitoring indoor environmental health, offering coding training programs, installing broadband hotspots, providing digital literacy education, installing solar and battery storage, and advancing educational resources.
The latest Call for Pilot Projects will open this month and close in June, with project selection announcements expected this September.