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Federal Communications Commission: Emergency Connectivity Fund

Deadline: October 13, 2021

The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. ECF will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons and will help close the Homework Gap for students who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms.

For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover equipment, including Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers, devices that combine a modem and router, and connected devices (laptop and tablet computers). Schools and libraries can also receive funding for commercially available broadband service that provides a fixed or mobile broadband connection for off-campus use by students, school staff or library patrons. In limited instances, a school or library that can demonstrate it has no available service options sufficient to support remote learning may seek funding for the construction of new networks to provide remote learning and the equipment needed for datacasting services.

Amount: $7,170,000,000 is available.

Eligibility: Schools, libraries, consortia of schools and libraries, and Tribal libraries.

Link: https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund

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