Community Benefit Fund Accepting Applications

Champaign/Urbana IL – The UC2B Community Benefit Fund is accepting applications focusing on improving digital inclusion and digital equity for low- to moderate-income people in the Champaign -Urbana area. In 2018, The UC2B Board anticipates awarding a total of up to $150,000 (collectively) in grants to community-based applicants. Single grants between $2,000 and $25,000 are encouraged, though applicants will not be limited to that range. In this first year of the Community Benefit Fund Grant Program, the UC2B board hopes to allocate up to $100,000 (in total) to cover one-time expenditures and up to $50,000 (in total) for recurring, multi-year expenditures.

  • All applicants are encouraged to attend the Technical Assistance Application Training on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Stratton Elementary School (902 N. Randolph St, Champaign) from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically as an email attachment sent to the following email address:   Deadline for submission of this application is Wednesday, November 15, at midnight Central Time.
  • UC2B board members will select winning grant applications by mid-December and funding will be disbursed beginning January 15, 2018.

You may download a pdf to apply for a grant. Instructions to assist you in applying are here.

Once your application is complete, submit it via email to 

by November 15, 2017, no later than midnight Central Time.

For additional questions concerning the grant documentation and review process please contact Paul Hixson, Community Benefit Fund (CBF) Committee Chair at (217) 377-0559 or hixson AT uc2b DOT net.


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Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) is a not-for-profit agency in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. UC2B is both an Internet service provider (ISP) and a physical, fiber-optic broadband infrastructure. The UC2B not-for-profit agency was formed to maintain and expand the network and to operate the ISP that comprise UC2B. The agency oversees the operation of the network, customer service associated with the ISP, and the daily business of both.

UC2B began in 2009 with grant funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to the University of Illinois. Today, UC2B is a collaboration between the University, the City of Urbana, the City of Champaign, and service provider iTV-3. We provide broadband Internet access to residences and business in Urbana-Champaign, including many subscribers who were previously unserved or underserved. This high-speed connectivity promotes educational opportunities, economic growth and job creation, and positive social impacts.