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Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Open Date:

Fall 2022

Close Date:

TBD

Upcoming Milestones:

The next application window is expected of open late Fall 2022.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Other Infrastructure, Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Overview

What does this program do?

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. To learn more about recently funded DLT projects, Rural Development has developed a map of recently funded DLT projects All upcoming events will be posted on the events program tab.

Who may apply?

For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities

DLT 100% grant applications are accepted through a competitive process.

How may the funds be used?

Grant funds may be used for:

Acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as:

  • Broadband facilities
  • Audio, video and interactive video equipment
  • Terminal and data terminal equipment
  • Computer hardware, network components and software
  • Inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services
  • Acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset
  • Acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

What kinds of funding are available?

Grant-only funds, awarded through a nationally competitive process – 15% match required

What are the grant terms?

A minimum 15% match is required for grant-only awards (cannot be from another federal source)

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – match required
Total Amount Available:
$0
Limit per Applicant:
$1,000,000
Estimated Awards:
90

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

For More Information,

email [email protected] or call (202) 720-0800.

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