2020 Infrastructure Grants

Infrastructure Grants - FY 2020

In State Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) $3.0M is available in TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants to eligible rural school districts and public libraries. Libraries became eligible for the TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants in FY18.

Grant Awards:

The Department of Administration (DOA) Technology for Educational ACHievement (TEACH) Program is pleased to announce the FY 20 grant awards for the TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure grants. These grants annually award grant funding on a competitive basis to eligible school districts and to eligible public libraries for the purpose of improving information technology infrastructure within these agencies.

For the current fiscal year, TEACH received $5.1 million in grant requests from 207 eligible school districts and 38 eligible libraries across Wisconsin. With the demand for funds exceeding the amount of funds available, TEACH will award grants to school districts in accordance with state statute and suitability criteria, which directs that the Department prioritize applications for school districts in which the percentage of pupils who satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1) for a free or reduced-price lunch is greater than in other applicant school districts (s. 16.9945, Wis. Stats).

​​38 Library Grant Recipients: FY20 Library Awards

125 District Grant Recipients:FY20 School District Awards

Application Requirements:

Per 16.9945 (1), Wis. Stats., applications for the TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants must include the following: description of specific infrastructure to be purchased; plan to purchase, install and use the purchased infrastructure; and readiness to use purchased infrastructure. Benefit Date Rubric, which assesses readiness, can be found on the FY20 Application.​

Eligibility Requirements: 

Per Wis. Stat. 16.9945 TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants are available to rural school districts who have 16 or fewer students per square mile and public libraries if the population of the municipality within which the library is located in 20,000 or less and if the public library is located in a rural territory as defined by the US Census Bureau.

FY20 Grant Awards:

Application Due Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

FAQs​ for School Districts
FAQs for Libraries

Applications For Eligible School Districts and Public Libraries:

FY2020 District Application.xlsx

Library Applications 

(Please Note: Application Instructions are on the first Tab of the grant application - FY20 Infra App.)

Application Due Date: Friday, December  13, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. 


Maximum Biennium Award: 

School District:

A school district's maximum biennium award amount is calculated as follows:

  • If the membership of the eligible school district is fewer than 750 pupils, $30,000.
  • If the membership of the eligible school district is 750 pupils to 1,500 pupils, $40 multiplied by the school district's membership.
  • If the membership of the eligible school district is more than 1,500 pupils, $60,000.

Eligible School Districts​​

Public Library:

A public library's maximum biennium award amount is calculated as follows:

  • If the library's municipal population is 2,000 or less, $5,000.
  • If the library's municipal population is 2,001 to 4,999, $7,500.
  • If the library's municipal population is 5,000 to 20,000, $10,000.



Purchase Period: July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2022

​Reimbursement Due Dates:

Please use the "Request for Reimbursement Worksheet" your grant contact received via email from DOA TEACH. The "Request Reimbursement Worksheet" is one of the tabs in the Excel Budget Document emailed to your grant contact.

Purchase Period
Claims Due Date 
July 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
January 31, 2021
December 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
August 31​, 2021
July 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022 -FINAL REQUEST 
May 14, 2022 (All reimbursement requests must be submitted to DOA – TEACH – FINAL REQUEST.)  

Note: Grantees who miss submitting reimbursement claims for a specific period may submit up until the final request date for reimbursement claims, which is May 15, 2022. 

Eligible Infrastructure Purchases: FY20 Infrastructure List



Per Wis. Stat. 16.9945 the TEACH Technology Information Infrastructure Grant may be used for purchasing and installing portable devices (hotspots) on buses and for purchasing portable devices (hotspots) for individuals to temporarily borrow from a school or for patrons to check out from a public library. TEACH Infrastructure grant funds are NOT eligible to be used for service and/or data plans. This includes hotspots that have service and/or data plans included with their purchase at "no cost."

Below are the maximum amounts TEACH will reimbursement for hotspots:

  • Portable hotspot: $151/each
  • Bus hotspot: $995/each​


Budget Transfers:

All budget transfer requests must be made by February 15, 2022. Approval of budget transfer requests is at the sole discretion of TEACH. An email will be sent to TEACH Infrastructure grant contacts regarding the budget transfer process once grant agreements have been executed.