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COVID-19 Telehealth Program

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.

Federal Communications Commission
May 6, 2021

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides support for eligible healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services.

Examples of services and devices that the COVID-19 Telehealth Program may fund include:

  • Telecommunications Services and Broadband Connectivity Services: Voice services, and internet connectivity services for healthcare provider or their patients
  • Information Services: Remote patient monitoring platforms and services; patient reported outcome platforms; store and forward services, such as asynchronous transfer of patient images and data for interpretation by a physician; platforms and services to provide synchronous video consultation
  • Internet Connected Devices/Equipment: Tablets, smart phones, or connected devices to receive connected care services at home for patient or healthcare provider use; telemedicine kiosks/carts for healthcare provider site

Nonprofit healthcare providers are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to healthcare providers who demonstrate that they qualify for one or more of the following evaluation metrics:

  • Areas hardest hit by COVID-19
  • Low-income areas
  • Round 1 unfunded applicants
  • Tribal communities
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes
  • Disproportionate Share Hospitals
  • Healthcare Provider Shortage Areas
  • Round 2 new applicants
  • Rural counties
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,000,000
Estimated total program funding: $249,950,000

Application process

Links to application instructions, guidance, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

A series of recorded webinars is available to provide additional information about the program, eligibility, and application process.

Prior to submission, applicants should confirm that they have an approved eligibility determination with USAC, sign up for an FCC Registration Number (FRN) through the Commission Registration System (CORES), and register for the federal System of Award Management (SAM). Applicants who have previously taken these steps do not need to repeat them for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

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Broadband · Clinics · Critical Access Hospitals · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Healthcare facilities · Hospitals · Infectious diseases · Technology for health and human services · Telehealth

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