Healthcare Connect Fund Program
The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program provides a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses for eligible rural health care providers (HCPs). You can apply as an individual health care provider or as a consortium, i.e., a group of HCPs that can be both rural and non-rural.
How to Get Funding
There are six steps to receive funding.
Step 1: Determine Eligibility
Find out if you are eligible to receive HCF Program funding by completing the FCC Form 460 (Eligibility and Registration Form).
Step 2: Develop Evaluation Criteria and Request Services
Identify the services you need and develop the evaluation criteria that you will use to assess service provider bids with the FCC Form 461 (Request for Services Form).
Step 3: Evaluate Bids and Select a Service Provider
Choose the most cost-effective service provider from the bids you received.
Step 4: Submit Your Funding Request
Provide USAC with information and supporting documentation about the services and service provider you selected and how much funding you are requesting with the FCC Form 462 (Funding Request Form).
Step 5: Review Funding Commitment Letter
Once your funding request is approved, you will receive a funding commitment letter with information about the support you will receive. Review your letter for accuracy.
Step 6: Invoice
With your service provider, invoice USAC by submitting the FCC Form 463 (Invoice and Request for Disbursement Form).
All forms can be accessed by logging in to My Portal, the RHC program’s online application management system.
The material on these webpages is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting the RHC program rules, orders, and other primary sources of information. Applicants and service providers are ultimately responsible for knowing and complying with all RHC program rules and procedures.