Schools and libraries have until 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow August 13th to complete their applications for the FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund for remote learning resources, the FCC reminded eligible parties today.
The $7.17 billion program’s application window opened June 29.
The program is designed to help close the digital divide by providing schools and libraries with funds to pay for the purchase laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, and school staff, as well as library patrons, and is available to support off-campus learning. Even if schools have returned to in-person learning, they are eligible to apply for the funds.
“Far too many students are struggling to connect to modern education resources online – a terrible reality that only became starker during the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to strongly encourage schools and libraries with remote learning needs in their communities to apply for this new funding for the upcoming school year,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC acting chairwoman, in a prepared statement about the FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund application deadline. “The FCC stands ready to support these institutions and is here to answer any questions they may have about this unique program that can help us close the digital divide.”
To apply, schools and libraries must use or establish an account using an FCC registration number,
SAM.gov registration, and an account with the ECF program portal. After this, they must fill out ECF
FCC Form 471 with contact information, information about the entity applying – including estimated counts of
students with unmet needs, the funding request, and certification. This process is detailed at this link.