Broadband Innovation Fund to Award $500,000 to 14 Illinois Organizations

Projects will increase high-speed internet adoption and usage in creative ways, full list of recipients and applicants published on Broadband Illinois webpage

 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, October 9, 2012 – Tele-psychiatry in rural areas, a virtual history museum, and training for young entrepreneurs are among the 14 projects that have been selected as recipients for the first Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund.
 
Broadband Illinois named the selected Innovation Fund projects on a statewide webinar last week with more than 100 participants logging on to hear the announcement. Announced in August, the Broadband Innovation Fund prompted private, public and non-profit organizations to apply for $500,000 in funding to enhance the quality of life in their region using broadband technology. 
 
Broadband Illinois received 113 proposals, requesting more than $7 million in funding, from all ten Illinois economic development regions by the September 18, 2012 deadline. Of the 14 funded organizations, more than $2 million in total partner funding will enhance these Illinois projects.
 
A full list of the 113 applicant organizations, a recording of the announcement webinar, presentation slides, and a new “Project Profile” page is available on www.broadbandillinois.org/innovation.  
 
Later in October, a webinar series will allow broadband enthusiasts and others to “Meet the Awardees” and learn about the innovative projects funded by Broadband Illinois. Full details and registration information will be published in the coming weeks. 
 
A full list of funded organizations and projects, with funding amounts, is listed below. To see full project profiles and contact information for each project manager, click here.
 
Carlinville School District
$35,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$160,000.00 total project cost
Vetrans/Education, Central eTeam
 
Lake Land College
$35,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$106,750.00 total project cost
Seniors/Library, Southeast Central eTeam
 
City of Monmouth
$10,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$26,000.00 total project cost
Arts/Education, West Central eTeam
 
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC)
$50,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$230,000.00 total project cost
Healthcare, Chicago eTeam +2 rural areas
 
Dot World Group
$44,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$186,500.00 total project cost
Economic Development, Southern eTeam
 
Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
$50,000.00 funded by PCI
$269,960.00 total project cost
Entrepreneurship/Education, Southeast Central eTeam
 
Eastern Illinois University Business Solutions Center
$32,668.00 to be funded by PCI
$53,548.00 total project cost
Economic Development/Healthcare, Southeast Central eTeam
 
MTC Communications, Inc.
$35,000.00  to be funded by PCI
$275,000.00 total project cost
Energy/Agriculture, West Central eTeam
 
Family Christian Health Center
$40,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$95,000.00 total project cost
Healthcare, Chicagoland eTeam
 
Six Mile Regional Library District
$25,473.84 to be funded by PCI
$43,473.84 total project cost
E-govt/Education, Econ. Dev, Southwest Central eTeam
 
Fishin' Buddies
$49,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$192,332.82 total project cost
Education/AG/Low Income, Chicagoland eTeam
 
The House Development Corporation-21st Century Youth Project
$49,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$130,000.00 total project cost
Education/Low Income, Chicagoland eTeam
 
Integrated Therapy Services
$15,000.00 to be funded by PCI
$25,000.00 total project cost
Healthcare/Telemedicine, Southeast Central eTeam
 
Tri-County Regional Planning Comission
$29,858.16 to be funded by PCI
$298,489.00 total project cost
Economic Development, North Central eTeam
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