Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants Now Available
Apply by June 4, 2018

USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program funds equipment that allows rural residents to access distance learning and/or telemedicine services from hub sites located in larger urban or suburban areas. Grant funds are intended to provide or improve Distance Learning and/or Telemedicine Services in rural America.

Funding Amount: Grants range from $50,000 to $500,000. An applicant’s minimum matching contribution must equal 15% of the grant amount requested. Grants are awarded through a national competitive process. 

Funding Priorities: Applications with the primary purpose of providing opioid prevention, treatment, or recovery services or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education will receive special consideration. Such applications will be awarded 10 priority points.     

Use of Funds: Funds can be used to acquire, by lease or purchase, eligible equipment; construct broadband facilities to serve DLT purposes; acquire instructional programming that is a capital asset; provide technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment; and more. See page 6 of the DLT Application Guide for more detail. 

Eligible Applicants: Entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications including incorporated organizations or partnerships, Federally Recognized Tribes, state or local units of government, non-profits, for-profit businesses, or a consortia of eligible entities. 

How to Apply: Apply electronically or by paper no later than June 4, 2018. Read the 2018 funding announcement, review the application guide, and visit the DLT Grant Program webpage for more information. 

Questions? Please contact dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov or call (202) 720-0800

Participate in an upcoming webinar to learn more about the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program: 

April 19, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:30am (EST)
April 24, 2018 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (EST)

Register Here:  https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=2×908vkh1f0a&campaign=6td2t0801ysy

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