Rural Health Care

Program Calendar (FY2019)

FY2019 Filing Window Period

The initial filing window period for FY2018 is February 1 – May 31, 2019. This means that you must submit your funding requests (FCC Forms 462 or 466) as early as February 1 and no later than 11:59 p.m. ET May 31, 2019, for the initial filing window period. We highly encourage you to submit your application forms as early as possible in the filing window period. Other application forms for FY2018 (FCC Forms 460, 461, or 465) are accepted prior to February 1 to begin the application process.

On March 8, 2019, the FCC announced that the funding cap for FY2019 is $593,782,000. This new cap represents a 2.2% inflation-adjusted increase in the $581,000,000 cap from FY2018. Read Public Notice DA 17-190 here.

If the total amount of qualifying funding requests received during the initial filing window period for FY2019 does not exceed RHC Program funding available (HCF and Telecom Programs), we will determine the timing and duration associated with any subsequent filing window periods for FY2019 based on our 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, we will pro-rate funding pursuant to the FCC's rules and there will be no further filing window periods for FY2019.

Rollover of FY2019 HCF Program FCC Forms 461

This year's rollover functionality is a courtesy extended to HCF applicants who completed the Request for Services or FCC Form 461 process in FY2018 and would like to use the FY2018 approved FCC Form 461 in FY2019. Those requesting the FY2018 FCC Form 461 rollover functionality must meet the following requirements:

  • The FCC Form 461 must have been submitted for FY2018, and previously reviewed and approved by RHC in FY2018.
  • The FY2018 FCC Form 461 and/or competitive bidding process must have complied with competitive bidding rules.

Applicants requesting the FCC Form 461 rollover understand that their FY2019 FCC Form 462 may be denied if the FY2018 FCC Form 461 and/or competitive bidding process is found to have been in violation of competitive bidding rules.

The rollover process will only be applied to the FCC Form 461, and not the FCC Form 462. Applicants must still submit a FY2019 FCC Form 462 if they wish to apply for HCF Program funding in FY2019.

How to submit your FCC Form 461 rollover request:

  • Send email to: RHC-Assist@usac.org
  • Subject line of email: FCC Form 461 Rollover Request App #
  • Include within the email body: HCP #, FCC Form 461 application #
  • Once emailed, the rollover request may take 5-8 business days to review and process.
  • If approved, your request will be confirmed via email from an RHC staff member.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Review

When an RFP accompanies an FCC Form 461 submission, USAC will review the RFP to identify discrepancies and areas of potential non-compliance with competitive bidding requirements and provide applicants with recommendations on how to address areas of concern. The review conducted by USAC does not guarantee that the RFP is fully compliant. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that its request for services and any accompanying documentation comply with all RHC Program rules.

Applicants may bypass this review by emailing RHC-Assist@usac.org at the time of FCC Form 461 submission, including the HCP and application number in the subject line and body of the email.

About Filing Window Periods

A filing window period is a fixed period of time when all funding requests received during a specific period are treated as though they were received at the same time. If funding remains after a filing window period, USAC may open another filing window period for that funding year.