US Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

In March 2018, Congress explicitly appropriated an additional $20 million for the DLT Program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Pub. L. 115-141, § 775 (2018) “to help address the opioid epidemic in rural America.”  Approximately half of this funding was awarded in FY 2018 to DLT projects that had opioid treatment as their primary purpose.

Grant funds may be used for:

Maximum Award Amount

$500,000

Cost Matching

15%

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities

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