Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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USDA_logoThe Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program was published last Friday, May 22, and will be accepting applications until July 6, 2015. A big change from last year, the window for submission is only 45 days and all applications must be submitted electronically or postmarked by July 6.  The full text of the NOSA can be found here.

The FY 2015 Application Guide and additional information can be found on the USDA Rural Development Website by clicking the “Forms and Resources” tab underneath “Distance Learning and Telemedicine & Grant Program.”

In brief, DLT grants are designed to facilitate access to education, training and health care resources for rural Americans. The DLT Program was designed to provide financial assistance to encourage and improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through using telecommunication, computer networks, and related advanced technologies. These tools are then best used by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and may be used to fund telecommunications-enabled information, audio/video equipment, and related advanced technologies designed to extend both educational and medical applications into rural areas.

USDA Rural Development also announced that in support of the opening of the application process, they will be hosting two webinars on June 4 and 10 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. EST to answer any questions. Webinar information is located here. Due to limited space, attendees must preregister with the Loan Origination Division to ensure a spot.

To register, please contact:

Deborah Herndon

Phone: (202)-720-0800 Email: deborah.herndon@wdc.usda.gov


Gayle Buckner

Phone: (202)-720-0800 Email: gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov

For questions on the DLT Program, please email dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov