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Rural Health
Funding by Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

Rural Health Care Program – Healthcare Connect Fund
Provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of a consortium or a stand-alone entity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Rural Health Care Telecommunications (Telecom) Program
Assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
A temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households in order to meet the needs of individuals and families during the COVID-19 health emergency.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
COVID-19 Telehealth Program Inactive
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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 6, 2021
Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: Auction 904 Inactive
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is designed to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack access.The first phase of the FCC reverse auction will target over six million homes and businesses in census blocks that are entirely unserved by voice and broadband with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 29, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission
2.5 GHz Band Rural Tribal Window Inactive
Opportunity for federally recognized tribes in eligible rural areas to apply for a portion of the 2.5 GHz band, which is suitable for mobile and broadband coverage.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 2, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Communications Commission