California Department of Education CDE, Emergency Connectivity Fund program
Apply to Emergency Connectivity Fund—Deadline October 13
The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program is administered by USAC with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Application Filing Window opens on September 28, 2021 and will close on October 13, 2021.
California schools are strongly encouraged to apply for federal funds through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program to support continued efforts to close the digital divide. The $7.17 billion ECF program will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021–22 school year. This is the second application window for the ECF program, with a deadline of October 13. During the first application window, California schools and libraries requested $812 million, which included requests for 985,976 connected devices (laptops/tablets); 325,250 Wi-Fi hotspots; 213,640 fixed broadband connections; and 852,223 mobile devices
Funding to help schools and libraries keep students, staff, and patrons connected during the COVID-19 health emergency.
To participate, schools and libraries must have an active FCC Registration Number. Schools, libraries, and service providers who agree to invoice on behalf of applicants must also have a SAM.gov registration to be able to receive program support
Schools and libraries that have a SAM.gov registration or FCC Registration Number do not need to register again.