Transforming Immigrant Digital Equity (TIDE)

​What is the Digital Equity Act?

The new Digital Equity Act (DEA), part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), provides an unprecedented opportunity to secure digital equity and inclusion for everyone in the US.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for managing DEA funds. DEA funding is divided into three programs:

  1. State Planning Grant: $60 million (via formula funding) for states to create their Digital Equity Plan over one year
  2. State Capacity Grant: $1.44 billion (via formula funding) for states to implement their Digital Equity Plan over five years
  3. Competitive Grant: $1.25 billion (via competitive funding) for eligible entities to implement digital inclusion activities over five years

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the State Planning Grant was released on May 13, 2022, and states submitted their applications by July 12, 2022.

Between August 29 and December 23, 2022, all 50 states received their planning funds. States now have a year from the time they received funding to create their Digital Equity Plan. Without a complete Digital Equity Plan, states will not be able to apply for the State Capacity Grant.

Learn more about the Digital Equity Act below, and visit our DEA News and Updates page to stay up to date. For further resources on digital equity and inclusion and advocacy, see our Digital Equity Resources page.

Official Digital Equity Act Links

Other DEA 101 Resources