District Support

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Support

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)

The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a U.S. federal initiative designed to support schools and libraries in ensuring digital readiness and closing the connectivity gap. Funded through a $7.1 billion allocation from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package, the ECF, managed by the FCC, aims to provide critical funding for eligible institutions across the U.S. This program facilitates the purchase of laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons, focusing on preparations for the 21-22 school year and beyond.

Our Services

The Learning Technology Center provides complimentary ECF consulting to Illinois schools, offering:

  • Application Support: Guidance on preparing and submitting ECF applications.
  • Compliance and Advocacy: Expert advice to navigate ECF rules and regulations.
  • Training and Workshops: Sessions to familiarize your staff with the ECF process and maximize your funding potential.

While the LTC offers foundational ECF consulting, we recommend engaging a private consultant if comprehensive support is needed.

Benefits to Your District

  • Maximize Funding: Ensure full utilization of available ECF resources.
  • Streamlined Processes: Benefit from expert assistance in application and compliance procedures.
  • Empower Your Technology Goals: Leverage ECF funding to advance your district’s technology initiatives.
  • Zero Cost: All consulting services are provided at no charge to school districts.