As a part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) promoted the widespread availability and use of digital network technologies in the public and non-profit sectors through grants for model projects demonstrating innovative uses of network technologies.
Types of Projects: From 1994 to 2004, TOP made matching grants to state, local and tribal governments, health care providers, schools, libraries, police departments, and community-based non-profit organizations. TOP projects demonstrate how digital networks support lifelong learning for all Americans, help public safety officials protect the public, assist in the delivery of health care and public health services, and foster communication, resource-sharing, and economic development within rural and urban communities.
Grants Database: To date, TOP has awarded 610 grants, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, totaling $233.5 million and leveraging $313.7 million in local matching funds. Information about these grants are available through a searchable grants database.
Grantee Websites: Links to the websites of nearly 300 TOP grantees in 49 states and territories are also searchable by state.
Grants Management: As a resource to current TOP grantees, this page provides online access to handbooks, standard forms, and additional links and information.