Funds for Students’ Access to Technology
In May of 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act created a $7.17 billion dollar fund to help eligible schools and libraries provide internet access and technology to remote learning students. The FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund’s (EFC) goal is to close the “homework gap” for millions of K-12 students with limited to no access to Wi-Fi, computers, and other necessary tools for successful remote learning.
Is your school eligible? Check out this link for more information: Emergency Connectivity Funds Guidelines
This program reimburses eligible schools and libraries $400 per laptop or tablet device, $250 toward Wi-Fi hotspots, and will pay 20-90% of the cost to upgrade or implement internet connectivity in rural or underserved areas. There are many other infrastructure benefits schools can take advantage of through the ECF.
The window for applicants to file is closing soon! Private schools, schools located on tribal land, and libraries are eligible to apply. This process does take time and the deadline for applications ends June 30th, 2022.