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Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) - Rural Health Care (RHC) Program
05/31/19 11:59 PM EDT
Grants to USA nonprofit health care organizations for reduced connectivity costs for a variety of telecommunications services. Eligible organizations will be located in rural areas. Funding is intended to support health care providers in bringing quality medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity.
The Telecommunications (Telecom) Program funds the up to the difference between the urban and rural rates of telecommunications services. Eligible applicants will receive a discount based on the urban-rural price difference in their area on telecom expenses.
Eligible health care providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunications services. Health care providers may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth.
Eligible telecommunications services and charges include, but are not limited to:
- ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode)
- Fractional T1
- Frame relay
- Mileage-related charges*
- NRS – Network Reconfiguration Service
- Redundant circuit
- Satellite service
- Telephone service
- T3 or DS3
*Under current guidance, carriers may choose whether to use a mileage- or non-mileage-based approach.
GrantWatch ID#: 185138
Funding Year 2019: From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
A multi-year contract may achieve evergreen status from USAC. This means that HCPs do not need to re-engage in competitive bidding for the life of the contract. If a multi-year contract is not deemed evergreen by USAC, HCPs must accept and evaluate bids each year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply and download documents in My Portal: https://www.usac.org/rhc/tools/applicant-login/default.aspx?pgm=telecom
Contact the RHC Help Desk at (800) 453-1546
Eligible Rural Areas: https://www.usac.org/rhc/telecommunications/tools/Rural/search/search.asp
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming