The first step to receiving funding is to decide what services you’re going to apply for. Check out this year’s Eligible Services List to see what services qualify. Once you’ve decided on the services you want, it’s time to fill out and post an FCC Form 470.
You may have heard us talking about the “471 filing window” around the website, in the SL News Brief, and here. Before you start your E-rate Program application, it’s important to understand what the filing window is, and how it can affect the amount of funding available to you.
What’s the filing window?
Each year, the E-rate Program announces an FCC Form 471 “filing window.” The E-rate Program funding request form (FCC Form 471) can only be submitted once the “filing window” begins.
If you submit your form during the filing window, your application will be equally considered for funding as all other applications submitted during the filing window.