Utilities

Modern utilities came to rural America through some of the most successful government initiatives in American history, carried out through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) working with rural cooperatives, non-profit associations, public bodies, and for-profit utilities.

Today, USDA Rural Development Utilities programs carry on this tradition helping rural utilities expand and keep their technology up to date, helping establish new and vital services such as distance learning and telemedicine.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Programs

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program (DLT) is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America. Through loans, grants and loan/grant combinations, advanced telecommunications technologies provide enhanced learning and health care opportunities for rural residents.

Entities providing education and medical care via telecommunications including corporations or partnerships, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, state or local units of government, consortia, and private for-profit or not-for profit corporations. Individuals are not eligible.

DLT 100% grant applications are accepted through a competitive process. The application window is announced annually (typically after the first of the year) through a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register. Applicants are required to provide a minimum 15 percent match. Awards can range from $50,000 to $500,000.

DLT 100% loan applications are accepted year-round, are non-competitive and do not require the applicant to provide matching funds. Loan awards range from $50,000 to $10,000,000.

DLT combination loan/grant applications are accepted year-round, are non-competitive and do not require that applicant to provide matching funds. Loan awards range from $50,000 to $10,000,000.

Contact our State Office for more information