On June 29, New Jersey public school districts can begin to apply for 100% reimbursement for technology-related acquisitions to strengthen their digital instruction programs as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program.

The more than $7 billion fund, which Congress created as part of the American Rescue Plan and that the FCC unveiled on May 11, enables districts to buy laptops and tablets, and to establish Wi-Fi hotspots and broadband connectivity during the pandemic.

“The NJSBA welcomes the program and urges districts to act quickly, because the initial application window will remain open for just 45 days,” said NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod. “Don’t miss this opportunity to upgrade the technology in your district.”

The identified “eligible equipment” allowance is for up to $400 per device and up to $250 for hotspots to close the nationwide homework gap associated with virtual learning.

The Association remains committed to supporting its membership as it works toward achieving digital equity for all students and teachers. NJSBA recently hosted a webinar with its Cooperative Pricing System partner, E-Rate Consulting, to provide school officials with tips on how to apply for EFC money.

Please contact vince@erateconsulting.com for additional questions and guidance regarding planned technology spending or past purchases that may qualify for federal reimbursement.