Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants


Funding Opportunity Number:RUS-20-01-DLT

Funding Opportunity Title: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

Expected Number of Awards:200

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Posted Date: Feb 10, 2020

Current Closing Date for Applications: Apr 10, 2020

Estimated Total Program Funding:$71,700,000

Award Ceiling:$1,000,000

Eligible Applicants:

City or township governments County governments Small businesses State governments Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) Independent school districts Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Special district governments For profit organizations other than small businesses Private institutions of higher education

Authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa, the DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.

The regulation for the DLT Program can be found at 7 CFR part 1734. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2020 DLT Grant Program Application Guide (Application Guide) and program resources. This Application Guide can be found in this entry on grants.gov as well as at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk.

Approximately $71.7 million is available for funding opportunities under this FOA. Of that total, $12 million may only be used for telemedicine and distance learning projects to help address the opioid epidemic in rural America. An additional $9.4 million is intended for telemedicine projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. The remaining $50.3 million is available for all eligible projects. Contact us for the full grant package


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