USDA Opens Application Window for Rural Telemed, Distance Learning Grants

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said: “This action will provide more time for applicants to complete their funding requests. Access to distance learning and telemedicine makes it easier for thousands of rural residents to take advantage of healthcare and educational opportunities without having to travel long distances or be among large groups of people.”

Electronic applications for window two may be submitted through grants.gov beginning April 14, and are due no later than July 13. Paper applications will not be accepted under the second window. More information on how to apply will be available on grants.gov on April 14.  

USDA opened the period for the first application window on February 10. That application deadline is April 10. Applicants eligible for DLT grants include most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses.

Rural Development was provided an additional $25 million in the CARES Act for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program. USDA will make a separate announcement in coming weeks when these funds are available.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; high-speed internet access in rural areas; business development; housing; and community facilities such as schools, public safety and healthcare.

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