Second Emergency Connectivity Funds (ECF) Filing Window to Open

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Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made $7.17 billion available to schools and libraries for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a program designed to secure tools and services for remote teaching and learning during the pandemic. Authorized by Congress as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, eligible ECF purchases include laptop and tablet computers, wi-fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity purchases. While the initial application filing window opened on June 29th and closed on August 13th, outstanding demand and recent spikes in delta variant cases have prompted the FCC to open a second filing window. Announced August 25th, this second application window opens September 28th and closes October 13th, allowing administrators to apply for funding for the coming school year.

If you have questions about how to apply for these funds, or optimize this and other pandemic assistance resources, we have K12 funding specialists on staff who would be happy to help.