Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge

Utilizing broadband technologies to enable economic development in our rural communities.

SRCLogo-eThe communities of Sweet Grass County (Big Timber area), the Town of Big Sandy and the City of Malta/Malta Chamber of Commerce were selected to participate in the 2015/2016 Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge. 

As awardees, each community will receive a $2,500 grant to be used to implement projects outlined in a local Broadband Action Plan developed as part of the Community Challenge process.  The overall goal of the Challenge is review access, adoption and use of broadband in each community and set simple priorities and strategies that utilize broadband technologies to enable economic development in their community. 

The $2500 incentive grant award is limited in use to the components of the Challenge program and will not be allowed for organizational operation or other indirect costs.   The estimated timeframe to complete all Challenge components is less than three (3) months.  The application process includes establishment of a Stakeholder Committee that includes representation from various industry sectors. The application cycle and deadline to apply for the next Challenge will be announced in late fall 2016. 

To learn more about program basics and success stories from historic communities of Harlem/Fort Belknap and Meagher County (White Sulphur Springs) please contact Anne Boothe at or 406.394.2888   

To investigate national programs, sample Broadband Plans and general ideas on connecting your community – follow this link:

Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge Toollkit