The Erate program provides federal funding to school districts for telecommunication services, such as their wide area network connection, and also Category 2 funding for core network equipment. Natalie Coffin, ESU 5 Erate Specialist, works with all the entities on all stages of the process. This includes, but is not limited to, writing RFP documents, submitting all Erate applications, managing the application review process and processing requests for reimbursement. For FY2023, the total Erate funding requested was $ 2,437,312.06.
ESU 5 is the administrative agency for Southeast Nebraska Distance Learning Consortium (SNDLC). One of the services provided by SNDLC is the management of the Erate process..
ESU 5 Erate Services has gained several new schools over the past few years that include several parochial schools in the Omaha region and now one in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
There are currently 61 schools that receive these services.