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Healthcare Connect Fund

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.


Due to an extraordinarily high demand for Rural Health Care Program funds, there will not be a third filing window in FY2017.

Universal Service Administrative Company
Jun 30, 2017


The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Healthcare Connect Fund provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.


Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible. Use the USAC Eligible Rural Areas Search to determine if an organization is located in an eligible rural area. Consortia may be comprised of both rural and non-rural HCPs. All consortia must consist of more than 50% rural participation within three years of receipt of the first funding commitment obtained through the HCF Program. Connections to, and equipment located at, eligible off-site data centers and administrative offices are eligible for support.

Eligible entities include:

  • A post-secondary educational institution offering healthcare instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
  • A community health center or health center providing healthcare to migrants
  • A local health department or agency
  • A community mental health center
  • A nonprofit hospital
  • A rural health clinic, including mobile clinics
  • A dedicated emergency room of a rural for-profit hospital
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Participants will receive a flat rate discount of 65%. There is an annual spending cap of $400,000,000.

Application process

Links to the application process are available on the program website and categorized by provider type.

Request for Services forms (FCC Forms 461 and 465) Webinar
(Registration required)
December 20, 2017
2:00 p.m. Eastern

Tagged as
Broadband · Clinics · Critical Access Hospitals · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health information technology · Healthcare facilities · Hospitals · Rural Health Clinics · Sole Community Hospitals · Telehealth

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