Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

This competitive program helps rural communities use advanced telecommunications technology to connect to each other - and the world - overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. We encourage you to consider projects that promote equity and economic opportunity in rural America, specifically those that advance these key priorities:

  • Supporting health care needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping prepare for future pandemic events
  • Ensuring racial equity
  • Rebuilding our rural economy
  • Addressing the climate crisis

Congress has provided USDA Rural Development $60 million in DLT funding this fiscal year. As permitted, we also will make available any unused appropriations from prior fiscal years, and can increase funding if additional appropriations become available.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

For both programs, eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:

  • State and local governmental organizations
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Incorporated, for-profit businesses
  • Groups of eligible entities working together

Amount Description

  • Awards range from $50,000 to $1 million
  • A minimum 15 percent match is required and cannot be from another federal source

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 31, 2023