Applicants must do their due diligence to determine if their proposed VATI project area has in whole or in part been awarded federal broadband funds. These programs include, but are not limited to, Connect America Funds II (CAFII), Reconnect, Community Connect, Alternative Connect America Cost Model1 (ACAM), and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). RDOF areas preliminarily awarded to satellite internet service providers will not be considered as overlap and are allowed to be included in the VATI application. In the event the VATI co-applicant has been awarded federal broadband funds, they cannot use those funds as matching funds. However, they are encouraged to leverage their federal award and apply for VATI funding to extend service to areas beyond those that were awarded federal funds or to accelerate.
VATI funding shall not exceed 80 percent of the total project cost. Applicants should note that the program is competitive however, and that those projects that bring greater match to the application are more likely to receive higher evaluations scores.