USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants Program

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Program summary:

  • USDA has invested $42.3 million in their DLT program intended to benefit rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less connect with healthcare providers and teachers through providing necessary equipment and training.
  • 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
  • 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