Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

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Funding Opportunity ID: 326343
Opportunity Number: RUS-20-02-DLT
Opportunity Title: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Business and Commerce
Community Development
Education
Employment, Labor and Training
Health
Regional Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.855
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USDA-RUS
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Utilities Programs
Posted Date: Apr 15, 2020
Close Date: Jul 13, 2020
Last Updated Date: Apr 15, 2020
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $50,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 200
Description: Authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa, the DLT Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.The regulation for the DLT Program can be found at 7 CFR part 1734. All applicants should carefully review and prepare their applications according to instructions in the FY 2020 DLT Grant Program Application Guide (Application Guide) and program resources. This Application Guide can be found in this entry on grants.gov as well as at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk.This is the second application window for the DLT program in FY2020. Approximately $71.7 million was made available for funding under Window 1, which included $47 million in funds appropriated for FY2020 as well as funds totaling $24.7 million which were not awarded during FY2019 and have been carried forward to the current year. Window 1 closed April 10, 2020. The Agency will be processing applications and making Window 1 awards in the coming months. Funds not awarded under Window 1 will be made available under Window 2, along with $25 million received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The agency also reserves the right to increase funding utilizing the application queue under this opportunity should additional appropriations become available for the same purposes.
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