What is Erate

Overseen by FCC, administrated by Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), E-Rate has been performing monetary distribution since 1998. In 1996 it was formally established by the Telecommunication Act (of 1996). The purpose of establishing E-Rate was to support schools and libraries in acquiring Telecommunication and internet services—telecommunication, internet access, internal connections, and maintenance services—by providing discount on such services. Ranging from 20% (no free or reduced lunch for students) to 90% (over 75% of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch) the discount amount depends on the population served by the school/library as well the poverty factor.

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Funding for Your School

“Although each foundation or corporation is unique, Hira Educational Services has found the following ten components fundamental to every successful grant proposal.


Through workshops or individual counsel Hira Educational Services can support the school in its attempts to secure funds though the grant process."


Erate Assistance

“What Future Funding will be needed to continue the project after the grant has been expended? In other words, how will your institution sustain itself and the project beyond the grant? HESNA is here for you to secure grants"

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