Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service


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.

Award Amount: $50,000 to $1,000,000

Eligible Recipients:

Anchor Institution; Internet Service Provider; Local Government; State Government; Non-Profit Organization; For-Profit Business

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Libraries; Public Schools; Higher Education Institutions; Hospitals; State and Local Governments; Tribal Entities; ISPs; For-Profit Businesses; Non-Profit Organizations; Consortia of eligible entities

Eligible Purpose:

Broadband Enabled Devices; Building Infrastructure; Anchor Institution Infrastructure; Last Mile Infrastructure

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Grant funds may be used for acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as: Broadband 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; Acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset; Acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

Other Eligibility Criteria:

Located in rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less

Funding Match/Terms:

A minimum 15% match is required for grant-only awards (cannot be from another federal source).

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