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UTP - About Distance

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is specifically designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can establish interactive video conferencing links to teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise. This video connection links the rural students, rural patients, and rural residents needing various services directly to the source of services needed in their communities, with the local service providers as intermediaries and beneficiaries. Since 1994, the DLT Grant Program has helped to establish hundreds of distance learning and telemedicine systems improving quality of life for thousands of residents in rural communities all across the United States.

Important: Bulletin for All DLT Applicants Concerning Cloud Services

Eligibility:

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.

Applications:

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.

For the 2014 DLT Grant Application Guide & Toolkit, visit the DLT Resource Page

Fund Uses:

Purposes Eligible for 100% Grant

  • Acquisition of eligible capital assets:
    • Interactive video equipment
    • Audio and video equipment
    • Terminal equipment
    • Data terminal equipment
    • Inside wiring
    • Computer hardware and software
    • Computer network components
    • Other facilities that further DLT services
  • Acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset
  • Acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

DLT Resources:

  • Please see DLT Resources for previous award summaries, documents, links, and information.

Success Stories:

  • Please visit our Success Stories page to view examples of how Distance Learning and Telemedicine funding has provided enhanced educational and health care opportunities for rural residents accross America.

For DLT questions, please contact: dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov

Mark Walther -- Mark.Walther@wdc.usda.gov -- (202) 720-0789

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