Skip to main content

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants - Opioid

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.855
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Apr 15, 2019

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Opioid Program provides grants to to improve access to opioid treatment in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies.

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 equipment and other capital assets:
    • Broadband transmission 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
  • Acquire instructional programming
  • Acquire technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

For distance learning and telemedicine projects that do not have opioid treatment as their primary purpose, see Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants.


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

The intent of the program is to benefit rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $500,000
Award floor: $50,000
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2019

A 15% match is required.

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:

Attention: Deputy Assistant Administrator
Office of Loan Origination and Approval
Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
STOP 1597, Room 2844
Washington, D.C. 20250-1597

Tagged as
Behavioral health workforce · Capital funding · Clinics · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare facilities · Hospitals · Illicit drug use · Infrastructure · Prescription drug abuse · Substance abuse · Telehealth

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.