From June 29, 2021 to August 13, 2021, eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to meet unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency period. During this application filing window, eligible schools and libraries, in addition to consortia of schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.
You can view an FCC Fact Sheet on the program by visiting: https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/ecf_factsheet.pdf
The EFC provides $7.171 billion until September of 2030 for the purchase during the COVID-19 emergency. Funds will be used as 100% reimbursement of eligible equipment and advanced telecommunications and information services. Funding to schools will be used to connect schools, students, and staff to use at locations other than the school, while funding to libraries will be used to connect library patrons at locations other than the library. Included in eligible equipment for reimbursement under the EFC are: Wi-Fi hot spots, modems, routers, combination modem/router, and connected devices (specifically, laptops and tablets but not desktop computers).
Eligible applicants include qualifying elementary schools, secondary schools, or libraries (including a Tribal elementary school, Tribal secondary school, or Tribal library) eligible for support under paragraphs (1)(B) and (2) of section 254(h) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254(h)).