A new Maine Community Foundation fund will provide community broadband grants of up to $15,000 for eligible Maine nonprofit organizations and communities. The Community Broadband Grant Program aims to increase the number of Maine people, communities and businesses with access to high-speed internet service and improve skills, opportunities and knowledge to effectively use the technology.

The grant program is purposefully broad to accommodate a range of projects. Examples of potential grant projects include community meetings to assess internet needs, research to advance local or regional broadband planning, digital inclusion efforts or costs related to the creation of Wi-Fi hotspots.

The deadline for applications is October 15. Grants will be announced in December, and the grant funds must be used during 2019. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org/GrantsNonprofits/AvailableGrantsDeadlines/CommunityBroadbandGrants.aspx. A grant information session will be held in August; details will be posted on Maine Community Foundation’s website.