Awards range up to $500,000.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for telecommunications grants to provide access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.
Funding is authorized through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program.
“Modern technology is critical to the expansion of business, education and health care opportunities in rural areas and the competitiveness of the nation’s small towns and rural communities,” said Vilsack. “These grants will increase the range of educational opportunities available to students and improve access to health care for many rural Americans.
The DLT program provides services to schools, libraries, clinics and hospitals. It makes remote learning and medical record keeping a reality, part of the Obama Administration’s effort to ‘win the future.’”
DLT grants can be used for the purchase of eligible equipment and to provide technical assistance.
To be eligible, applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate economic need, and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds. Awards range up to $500,000.
The DLT program provides funds to improve rural access to education and health care.
Completed applications must be received by April 25. For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) published on page 10321 of the Feb. 24 Federal Register.
Materials including an application guide and full details about the program can also be obtained at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html.
The program is competitive. In 2010, USDA Rural Development provided grants for 106 projects in 38 states and one territory.
Since inception of the DLT program, 1,269 projects in 49 states, four territories and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have been funded.
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. For a complete list of the DLT projects recently announced, please click here.
For more information in Nebraska, contact Andre Boening at
or 402-652-3446, or 402-689-8564.