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Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.855
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Jul 17, 2017



The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides financial assistance to encourage and improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telecommunications, computer networks, and related advanced technologies to be used by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents.

Grants are for projects where the benefit is primarily delivered to end users that are not at the same location as the source of the education or healthcare service.

Grant funds may be used to:

  • Acquire the following types of equipment:
    • Computer hardware and software
    • Audio and video equipment
    • Computer network components
    • Terminal equipment
    • Data terminal equipment
    • Inside wiring
    • Interactive video equipment
    • Other facilities that further DLT services
  • Acquire instructional programming
  • Acquire technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

Eligible applicants include entities that provide education or healthcare through telecommunications, including:

  • State and local government entities
  • Federally-recognized tribes
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $500,000
Award floor: $50,000
Estimated total program funding: $19,000,000

Of the total funds available, $1,600,000 will be prioritized to provide for communication upgrades between ambulances, emergency transportation vehicles, and medical facilities.

Applicants can apply for a grant only, a combination loan-grant, or a loan only.

Grant applicants must provide 15% matching funds. Greater amounts of matching funds may give an applicant a higher score.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, forms, and resources are available on the program website.

Applications may be submitted electronically through

Hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Deputy Assistant Administrator
Loan Origination and Approval Division
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1597, Room 2844
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-1597

Applicant webinar recording

Tagged as
Capital funding · Clinics · Emergency medical services · Healthcare facilities · Hospitals · Telehealth

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