Fund Owner: Federal Communications Commission
Fund Administrator: Universal Service Administrative Company
The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. ECF will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons and will help close the Homework Gap for students who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms.
August 25, 2021: FCC announces over $5 billion in funding requests were received. Additionally, the FCC will open a second application filing window from September 28 to October 13 to provide support for the current school year in light of outstanding demand.
June 29, 2021: FCC Launches Emergency Connectivity Fund. Schools and libraries can now begin to file applications for the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund.
June 15, 2021: FCC Announces ECF Application Window Will Open on June 29
May 10, 2021: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order FCC 21-58 (PDF) establishing the rules and procedures for the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program.
First Application Filing Window opened June 29 and closed August 13, 2021
Second Application Filing Window opens September 28 and closes October 13, 2021
- K-12 Schools
ECF Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm ET, call (800) 234-9781 for support.