United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
06/04/21 11:59 PM EDT
Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and consortia to provide and improve telemedicine services and distance learning in rural communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to 15 days to complete. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope. The intent of the DLT program is to benefit rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less. The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will promote equity and economic opportunity in rural America, specifically those that advance the following key priorities: containing the COVID-19 pandemic; ensuring racial equity; rebuilding the rural economy; and addressing the climate crisis.
This grant program helps rural communities acquire the technology and training necessary to connect educational and medical professionals with the teachers and medical providers who serve rural residents at the local level.
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. The DLT program helps rural residents tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications and the Internet for education and healthcare, two of the keys to economic and community development.
Grant funds may be used for:
For information about funding priorities, see https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/fy21_dlt_foafinal04052021.pdf#page=9.
GrantWatch ID#: 157088
Approximately $44.5 million is available for funding opportunities under this FOA. Of that total, $10.2 million is intended for telemedicine projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. The remaining $34.3 million is available for all eligible projects.
Awards can range from $50,000 to $1,000,000.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Questions about this announcement can be directed to Randall Millhiser, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Loan Origination and Approval, Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, telephone: (202) 720-0800, email: email@example.com.
General Field Representatives: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/telecom-gfr
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