Many funding opportunities will soon be available

Amid COVID-19, rural healthcare and educational funding support has never been more important. The FCC, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Service Administration (HSRA) are making funding opportunities available to assist rural healthcare providers, schools and libraries implement telehealth and distance learning networks.

To assist clients in obtaining a better understanding of these programs, JSI has developed a pamphlet that provides more detailed information on each program. It is designed so that you can share it with local healthcare and educational institution customers who might be interested in applying for funds from one or more of the programs.

These new funding opportunities will not only benefit healthcare providers, schools and libraries, but also broadband providers. Upcoming federal funding opportunities include:

 Application Dates
NTIA
National Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program Summer 2021
Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Summer 2021
Connecting Minority Communities Grant Pilot Program Summer 2021
FCC
COVID-19 Telehealth Program 4/29/2021- 5/6/2021
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Now accepting applications
Emergency Connectivity Fund Spring/Summer 2021
5G for Rural America Est. 2022
USDA
ReConnect Program, Round 3 Late Spring/Summer 2021
Community Connect Program Est. Late 2021
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Due June 5, 2021
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans TBD
HSRA
Telehealth Network Grant Program TBD

If you would like a copy of the pamphlet, have any questions about the programs, or would like JSI to assist your healthcare and/or educational customers where such assistance is allowed, please contact Terri Delong in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473 or Chresanthe Staurulakis in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.