Rural Health Care

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.

FY2017 Filing Window Period

No additional funding requests will be accepted for Funding Year (FY) 2017 (which started on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018). However, you can submit funding requests for the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) (FCC Form 462) and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Programs (FCC Form 466) for Funding Year (FY) 2018 during the initial filing window period.

FY2018 Filing Window Period

The initial filing window period for FY2018 is February 1 – April 30, 2018. This means that you must submit your funding requests (FCC Forms 462 or 466) as early as February 1 and no later than April 30, 2018 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.

If the total amount of qualifying funding requests received during the initial filing window period for FY2018 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 FY2018 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 FY2018.

Note: Applicants that submitted an FCC Form 461 or FCC Form 465, but did not submit a corresponding FCC Form 462 or FCC Form 466 for FY2017, will need to submit a new FCC Form 461 or FCC Form 465 for FY2018 if they do not meet competitive bidding exemptions for the HCF Program or have an approved Evergreen contract for the Telecom Program.

2018 Filing Window Timeline

Questions?

We know new processes can be confusing, but we are here to answer your questions and help you through the application process. Contact our RHC Help Desk by email at RHC-Assist@usac.org or (800) 453-1546.