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Funding Opportunity: USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

The USDA has announced the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program which is specifically designed to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through the use of advanced telecommunications technologies. The focus is primarily on funding user equipment that operates via telecommunications to connect students and teachers or medical providers and patients at separate locations. To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:

  1. Currently deliver or propose to deliver distance learning of telemedicine services for the term of the grant;
  2. Be legally organized as an incorporated organization or partnership; an Indian tribe or tribal organization; a state or local unit of government; a consortium; or other legal entity, including a private corporation on a for profit or not-for-profit basis;
  3. Operate a rural community facility or deliver distance learning or telemedicine services to entities that operate a rural community facility or other residents of rural areas.

The minimum funded amount for each project is: $50,000; maximum funded amount is $500,000.

In 2006, 103 Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants were awarded, totaling $25,853,991, to recipients in 38 states.

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