Purpose of Grant: 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.
Project Period: 3 years from the date of the agreement
Application Due Date: April 10, 2020
Project Description: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural residents (population of 20,000 or less) 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.
Grant funds may be used for:
- Acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as:
- Broadband transmission 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: 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.
Must either operate a rural community facility or deliver distance learning or telemedicine services to entities that operate a rural community facility or to residents of rural areas
Funding: $50,000 – $1,000,000 with a minimum 15% match