USDA Announces Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

The US Department of Agriculture announced a new application period for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants which help 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.  The current application period runs from May 16th  through July 17, 2017.   

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; and, consortia of eligible entities.

Applicants are required to provide a minimum 15 percent match and awards can range from $50,000 to $500,000.

The grant funds may be used for several purposes including: acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as audio, video and interactive video equipment as well as computer hardware, network components and software; and acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment.  

More information about applying for this program is available by reaching out to or (202) 720-0800.  Potential program participants can also contact the program’s General Field Representatives