Lincoln, Nebraska, Jan 25, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that 106 projects in 38 states and one territory have been selected to receive more than $34.7 million in grants to fund educational projects and expand access to health care services in rural areas through Rural Utilities Services’ Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Nebraska is one of the states receiving funding for seven recipients at nearly $1.5 million.
"Too many rural areas cannot take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by broadband for improved education and health care. These funds will help communities enhance their educational and training programs and deliver improved health care services for their residents,” Vilsack said.
Nebraska recipients include:
Educational Service Unit 13, Scottsbluff - $172,958
Educational Service Unit 10, Kearney - $494,011
Educational Service Unit 8, Neligh - $213,070
Educational Service Unit 1, Wakefield - $193,344
Educational Service Unit 2, Fremont - $145,290
Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska for the University of Nebraska Medical Center - $96,161
Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk - $152,672
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program provides access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. For a complete list of the DLT projects announced today, visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/ChartDLTAWARDSJan2011.pdf.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.