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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. All upcoming events will be posted on the events program tab.
The agency is providing this additional filing window for those that could not complete applications prior to the Window 1 deadline. This window also makes available up to $25 million received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). While the CARES Act requires these funds be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, the agency believes that all DLT projects already serve that purpose. As a result, while not required, applicants are encouraged to identify specific ways in which their application addresses COVID-19. This second application window is announced through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) published on this web page and in Grants.gov.
For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:
DLT 100% grant applications are accepted through a competitive process.
Grant funds may be used for:
Grant-only funds, awarded through a nationally competitive process – 15% match required
A minimum 15% match is required for grant-only awards (cannot be from another federal source)
See our DLT Recipient Directory for a list of current participants.
7 CFR 1734