The USDA is providing funding to qualified organizations and companies to develop the unique capabilities of telecommunications to help rural communities connect to each other and the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Programs that help link teachers and medical services to students and patients living in these areas are examples of proposals that could be submitted.
Grant awards can range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 in the FY 2020 program, though applicants are required to provide a minimum 15% match that do not come from other federal funds.
Here are some examples on how grant funds may be used:
Applications are due April 10, 2020.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural residents tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications and the Internet for education and health care, two of the keys to economic and community development.
If you're considering submitting a grant proposal and haven't done so in the past, we encourage you to chat with our team. Our grant writers have been awarded more than $200 million, and our pay-for-performance business model matches our confidence in helping fund your projects through grants.
The official announcement of this funding opportunity can be found here.