New 8/26: FCC Opens 2nd ECF Application Window Sept. 28 - Oct. 13, 2021
View the FCC Announcement and see a state-by-state breakdown of funding requests.
Important Dates for Applicants
September 28, 2021 to October 13, 2021 - Second Application Window
June 29, 2021 to August 13, 2021 - Initial 45-day ECF Application Window
Libraries and schools can apply to the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) to request reimbursement for devices and internet services for students, staff, and patrons that need sufficient access to engage in remote learning during the upcoming school year. Schools that are providing face-to-face instruction are eligible for ECF to close the homework gap.
Use DPI’s Internet Access at Home Survey to gather your district’s digital equity data and verify need for the ECF Program, then leverage statewide discounted purchasing through the Digital Learning Bridge.
Applicants will need an FCC Registration Number (which existing E-rate applicants already have) and current a System for Award Management/SAM account status (which many applicants have for other federal funding purposes).
Other Helpful Resources
- ECF Form 471 E-learning Module (15 minute video)
- ECF Flyer
- ECF Eligible Devices & Services List (Page 89)
- ALA ECF Information for Libraries
- FCC ECF Fact Sheet
- At-a-glance Table Summarizing Eligible Expenses & Program Rules provided by Julie Tritt Schell PA E-rate Coordinator and Debra Kriete, SD E-rate Coordinator.
Legislation Introduced to Expand ECF Program by 5 Years
July 22, 2021 new legislation was introduced to extend ECF funding. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) led 40 members of Congress to introduce the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Students Succeed (SUCCESS) Act. The bill would extend the Emergency Connectivity Fund by five years and provide $8 billion a year to schools and libraries for student and patron connectivity off-campus.