Gigabit Application/Development Fund

Gigabit Application/Service Development Fund


The US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) Program supports local community innovation ecosystems to sustainably develop and deploy next generation gigabit applications.  US Ignite has created a Gigabit Application/Service Development Fund to support work directly leading to the development and adoption of gigabit applications in our network of SGC communities. These funds are competitive and should directly lead to the creation of gigabit applications or services and adoption in other communities. SGC communities should encourage gigabit application developers to participate in the SGC program by partnering and assisting with the application for these funds.


  • SGC communities should have a signed MOU with the application developer indicating their willingness to participate as part of the SGC portfolio. A sample template MOU ( is available if communities desire to modify it for local needs.
  • SGC communities must have a signed Master Services Agreement in place with US Ignite, and task orders for Start Up Funds and Technical Leader must be executed for applications teams from their community to be eligible.
  • Developers of gigabit applications or services that apply for the development fund should have a statement of support from their SGC Community Leaders.
  • This award is available to NSF Funded SGC Communities, self-funded communities will be announcing similar rounds of funding on a local schedule in the future.


A one time award of up to $10,000 may be requested to support the development of a gigabit application or services. Funds may be used in any of the following categories:

  • Creation of application code or service configuration
  • Creation of distributables or deployment frameworks
  • Development of system and/or end-user documentation and training materials (including webinars)
  • Services used for validation of code or deployment framework
  • Funding support or critical fixes and ongoing support
  • Licensing fees for any software or service that relates to sharing, training or deployment of the application or service


The proposal template ( should be completed by the application development team with guidance and feedback from the local SGC leaders.   After the proposal is completed, they should be submitted by the local SGC leadership team along with a written agreement between the development team and community.  (See sample MOU as one possible example of a written agreement –

Awards will be granted in rounds each quarter, if any left over – applicants will have 30 days once a round begins to submit their application. New award rounds will begin approximately each quarter. (New quarters start January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, Oct 1st of each year)

Judging & Award Distribution

Awards will be announced within 30 days of a close of an application round based on, but not limited to, the recommendation and backing of the SGC community, strength of the use of gigabit or advanced network, potential transformative impact and readiness for deployment. Each SGC will be asked to rank their support for each application submitted in their community in a round.


The award will include a signed Task Order that will carries reporting requirements as per National Science Foundation guidelines. Each SGC community should include reporting on the expenditure of the award and progress on application development in their quarterly reports to US Ignite. The financial report should include the application name, amount spent, and categories in which funds were spent. The Progress Report should include updates on each application including gigabit application or service development. Progress Reports are due on same dates as Financial Reports. Other reporting may be required on an ad hoc basis.


Budget Category


Funds Spent Jan-Mar

Due Apr 30


Funds Spent Apr-Jun

Due Jul 30


Funds Spent Jul-Sep

Due Oct 30


Funds Spent


Due Jan 30




Fringe Benefits








Other: Materials


Other: Publications


Other: Consultant Services


Other: Computer Services





Additionally, developers or community representatives will create and update a profile for the application on the US Ignite Application Repository to promote it nationally and list it as part of the SGC community of applications.