United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
05/15/19 Postmarked by date or online submittal by midnight.
Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, local and state governmental entities, Tribes, and consortia of eligible entities to develop technologies and distance learning programs for rural healthcare teachers and students. Special consideration will be given to programs with opioid treatment or STEM education as their primary focus.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is specifically designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can link to other teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.
Eligible Grant Purposes: There are three categories of eligible purposes:
1. Acquiring, by lease or purchase, eligible equipment. If leased, the cost of the lease during the three-year life of the grant is eligible.
2. Acquiring instructional programming that is a capital asset (including the purchase or lease of instructional programming already on the market). Renewals of instructional programming are not eligible nor is classroom equipment (such as laboratory equipment). Also, expenses (such as those for tuition, fees for coursework on a per course basis, or fees for cultural events or virtual field trips) are not capital assets and therefore, are not eligible.
3. Providing technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment, including any related software; developing instructional programming that is a capital asset and providing engineering or environmental studies relating to the establishment or expansion of the phase of the project to be financed with the grant. The costs for this category cannot exceed 10% of the grant amount requested.
For more information on the three grant categories, see the RFP: https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/FY2019_Reg_App_Guide.pdf#page=9
Rural Areas: The intent of the DLT program is to benefit rural areas (populations of 20,000 or less). While some projects could include end-users in more urbanized areas, the Agency will evaluate projects based on their benefit to rural areas.
Online Education Services: Because this program is intended to fund end-user equipment at specifically identified sites, applications which propose to provide only web-based services which are universally available are considered ineligible. This type of project does not have a defined service area and the beneficiaries can be located anywhere, including urban areas.
GrantWatch ID#: 157088
The minimum Grant amount which can be requested is $50,000. The maximum Grant amount which can be requested is $500,000.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The paper applications and the USB Flash Drive containing a digital copy
of the full application must be submitted to:
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Loan Origination and Approval Division
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1597, Room 2844
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-1597
For DLT questions, please contact: email@example.com or call Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800.
General field representatives: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/telecom-gfr
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