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In-Kind Services to USA Nonprofit Health Centers
for Improved Communications Technology

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Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) - Rural Health Care (RHC) Program

Conf. Date:

07/29/20

Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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In-kind services to USA nonprofit healthcare centers, medical schools, local health departments and agencies, hospitals, and consortia to improve and upgrade communications technology. Funding is intended to support health service providers and improve their ability to offer quality medical care through increased connectivity. The program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers (HCPs) for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in each state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185138

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible in the RHC program, the applicant must be a public or nonprofit entity located in a rural area as defined by the FCC.

Eligible applicants must be one of the following types of facilities:
- A post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, such as a teaching hospital or medical school,
- A community health center or health center providing health care to migrants,
- A local health department or agency,
- A community mental health center,
- A not-for-profit hospital,
- A rural health clinic,
- A dedicated emergency department of a rural for-profit hospital,
- A part-time eligible entity located in a facility that is ineligible,
- A skilled nursing facility, or
- A consortium of health care providers consisting of one or more entities described above.

Note: The FCC considers each health care site or location as an individual HCP for purposes of calculating support under the RHC Program. Therefore, each HCP must demonstrate that, by itself, it is an eligible entity.

No off-site associated connections are eligible for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

View Funding Request Best Practices for FY2021 Webinars here: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/learn/videos/#Funding-Requests-FCC-Form-462-and-466

Telecom Program FCC Form 465 Best Practices Webinar: July 29, 2020

Learn about the changes to the FY2021 competitive bidding process and corresponding My Portal updates at the upcoming Request for Services Webinar. Telecom Program FCC Form 465 Best Practices – July 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. ET

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6569592279513298955

For additional information: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/learn/upcoming-dates/

Pre-Application Information:

January 4, 2021 is the first day applicants can submit funding requests (FCC Forms 462 and 466) for FY2021. The filing window period for FY2021 is January 4 – April 1, 2021. This means that you must submit your funding requests (FCC Forms 462 or 466) as early as January 4 and no later than 11:59 p.m. ET April 1, 2021 to be considered to receive funding for FY2021. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit application forms as early as possible in the filing window. Other application forms for FY2021 (FCC Forms 460, 461, or 465) are accepted prior to January to begin the application process.

About: http://www.usac.org

Forms: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/resources/forms/

Getting started: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/get-started/

Video tutorials: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/learn/videos/

Eligible rural areas search tool:
http://www.usac.org/rhc/telecommunications/tools/Rural/search/search.asp

How to get funding: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/telecommunications-program/

Funding year overview: https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care/additional-program-guidance/funding-year-overview/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://forms.universalservice.org/portal/login

Direct questions to:
RHC-Assist@usac.org
(800) 453-1546

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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

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