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Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program

In-Kind Services to USA Healthcare Providers
for Broadband and Connectivity Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) - Rural Health Care (RHC) Program

Conf. Date:

01/16/20

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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In-kind services to USA nonprofit healthcare centers, medical schools, local departments and agencies, and consortia to improve connectivity and enhance the delivery of services. Funding is intended to increase the efficiency of health-related facilities that are located in rural areas by increasing broadband capabilities and upgrading network equipment. Applicants may apply as an individual healthcare provider or as a consortia, which is a group of two or more health care providers which can be both rural and non-rural.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154159

Estimated Size of Grant:

65% discount rate for eligible expenses

Term of Contract:

Can request multi-year funding for up to three funding years. The funding year begins on July 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible in the RHC program, the applicant must be a public or nonprofit entity.

Eligible applicants must be one of the following types of entities:
- A post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
- A community health center or health center providing health care to migrants,
- A local health department or agency,
- A community mental health center,
- A not-for-profit hospital,
- A rural health clinic, including mobile clinics,
- A dedicated emergency room of a rural for-profit hospital, or
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
- A consortium of health care providers (HCPs)

Broadband connections associated with off-site data centers and off-site administrative offices that are used by eligible health care providers for their health care purposes are eligible for funding.

The HCP site must be in a rural location as defined by the FCC. If your site is not located in a rural area, it still may be eligible to apply to the HCF Program as part of a consortium.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Upcoming Dates
January 14, 2020: HCF Program FCC Form 462 Best Practices for FY2020 Webinar

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2643253844597239051

January 16, 2020: Telecom Program FCC Form 466 Best Practices for FY2020 Webinar

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5837566020728375051

For additional information: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/resources/upcoming-dates/#hcf-program-fcc-form-462-best-practices-for-fy2020-webinar

Pre-Application Information:

Funding requests may be submitted as early as February 1 and no later than June 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET for the initial filing window period. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit application forms as early as possible in the filing window period.

About: http://www.usac.org

Forms: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/resources/forms/

Getting started: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/get-started/

Video tutorials: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/learn/videos/

Announcements: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/resources/announcements/#submit-fy2020-request-for-services-fcc-form-461-465-starting-january-1

Eligible Rural Areas search tool:
http://www.usac.org/rhc/telecommunications/tools/Rural/search/search.asp

Additional information: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/healthcare-connect-fund-program/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://forms.universalservice.org/portal/login

Direct questions to:
RHC-Assist@usac.org
(800) 453-1546

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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