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USDA Announces Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

April 16, 2020 By Finley Engineering in

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is opening a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program in response to the ongoing pandemic. The agency gained additional funding for the program through the CARES Act. A total of $72 million is available to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities.

The first application window, which opened on Feb. 10, closed last week. Electronic applications for window two may be submitted through the grants.gov website no later than July 13, 2020. Paper applications will not be accepted under the second window. Additional information on how to apply is available on grants.gov.

USDA Distance Learning CARES Act Funding

Applicants eligible for DLT grants include most state and local governmental entities, nonprofits and for-profit businesses and federally recognized tribes,

Rural Development was provided an additional $25 million in the CARES Act for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program. The agency said it will make a separate announcement in coming weeks when these funds are available.

“Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is providing an additional window for those who cannot complete applications prior to the first application deadline,” the USDA said in a prepared statement. “This action will provide more time for applicants to complete their funding requests. Access to distance learning and telemedicine makes it easier for thousands of rural residents to take advantage of health care and educational opportunities without having to travel long distances or be among large groups of people.”

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants designed to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. The assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.