Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)
Everything You Need To Know

MicroK12 has devices in stock and we're ready to provide you with all the ECF equipment you need. We've brought in thousands of ECF eligible items and have more secured through our distribution network. With shorter lead times and best in class support, MicroK12 is your ECF ready partner. Click here to download our ECF infographic.


Funding and Forms

FCC competitive bidding rules will not be applied, but applicants must certify compliance with state and local procurement rules. New certifications will be required, including an assertion that ECF funding is not being sought for “equipment and services that have been purchased and reimbursed with other [pandemic-relief] funding.” A modified E-Rate application (FCC Form 471) will be used for ECF funding applications. Additonally, funding is restricted to students and school staff who would otherwise lack access to connected devices and internet services sufficient to participate in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Filing Windows

Filing window one will be open on June 29, 2021 and close on August 13, 2021. During this window, you may submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. If the allocated funds are not exhausted during the first window, a second application window will open. The second window will apply to eligible equipment and services previously purchased during the pandemic between March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.


Devices

There is a limit of one device per user for connected devices. Chromebooks, laptops, and tablets are included in devices, but phones and desktop computers are excluded. Expenditures are capped at $400 per connected device and $250 per hotspot. However, in the case of eligible individuals with disabilities, applicants may request a waiver of the $400 device cap if the reasonable cost to purchase devices for eligible individuals with disabilities is higher than $400.


Eligibility

If you qualify for E-Rate, you qualify for ECF. Tribal libraries are also eligible for support. You do not need to be a current E-Rate participant to be eligible. However, you will need to meet Emergency Connectivity Fund Program requirements to receive ECF funds.


Invoicing

FCC Form 472 (Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form) and FCC Form 474 (Service Provider Invoice (SPI) Form) will be used for reimbursement. If you apply for and receive funds before paying your service provider, you must verify payment to the service provider within 30 days of receiving your ECF funds. Otherwise, you have 60 days to submit reimbursement requests and invoices after receiving a funding commitment decision letter. USAC administers the program and reviews all funding applications.


Have more questions? Speak to a MicroK12 specialist today: edu@microk12.com




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