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Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program

In-Kind Services to USA Rural Healthcare Providers
for Broadband and Connectivity Needs

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

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 11:59 PM ET


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In-kind services to USA nonprofit healthcare providers, medical schools, and local health departments and agencies to address broadband and connectivity needs in rural areas. Funding is intended to enable the efficient running of health care facilities in rural areas through increased broadband capabilities. Applicants may apply as an individual healthcare provider or as a consortia (a group of two or more health care providers).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154159

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are the initial criteria an HCP must meet to be considered eligible:

The HCP must be a public or nonprofit entity.

The HCP must be one of the following types of entities:
- A post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
- 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, including mobile clinics,
- A dedicated emergency room of a rural for-profit hospital, or
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

Broadband connections associated with off-site data centers and off-site administrative offices that are used by eligible health care providers for their health care purposes are eligible for funding.

The HCP site must be in a rural location as defined by the FCC. HCPs that were deemed rural prior to July 1, 2005, and received a funding commitment from the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program are considered grandfathered. HCPs can determine the rurality of their location by using the Eligible Rural Areas search tool (

Both rural and non-rural entities may receive funding in the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program as members of a consortium, provided that the consortium is comprised of a majority rural (more than 50 percent) sites within three years of the filing date of its first request for funding (FCC Form 462).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Throughout the year the RHC Program hosts webinars on a variety of topics from basic information about the program to more detailed information about certain forms to important program rule changes and updates. Applicants, service providers, and interested stakeholders of the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications program are invited to learn more about the program or topic and ask questions or seek clarification on program rules during these webinars.

For more information:

Recent Webinar recordings:

January 2019:

December 2018:

Introductory Webinar (Sept 2018):

Febrauary 28, 2019:

Pre-Application Information:

Funding requests may be submitted as early as February 1 and no later than May 31, 2019, 11:59 PM ET for the initial filing window period. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit application forms as early as possible in the filing window period.

If the total amount of qualifying funding requests received during the initial filing window period for FY2019 does not exceed RHC Program funding available, the Funding Source will determine the timing and duration associated with any subsequent filing window periods for FY2019 based on the assessment of the total amount of qualifying funding requests in the initial filing window period and the amount of available funding still remaining.

If the total amount of qualifying funding requests exceed the RHC Program funding available in the initial filing window period, the Funding Source will pro-rate funding pursuant to the FCC's rules and there will be no further filing window periods for FY2019.

Applicants should refer to My Portal for the most up-to-date application forms (see Contact Information below).


Eligible Rural Areas search tool:

Application process for individual HCPs:

Application process for Consortia:

Request for Proposal:

Sample Documents:

Invoicing FAQ:

Contact Information:

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

Application forms must be submitted through My Portal, the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program's application management system:

Applicants without adequate Internet access to submit the forms online should contact the RHC Help Desk to make alternative arrangements:
(800) 453-1546 to make alternative arrangements.

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Geographic Focus:

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