Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/1/2024

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

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:

  • Assisting rural communities recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure.
  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefits from Rural Development funded projects; and
  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.

Based on Fiscal Year 2023 appropriated funding, the agency estimates that approximately $60 million will be available for Fiscal Year 2024. As permitted, we also will make available any unused appropriations from prior fiscal years, and can increase funding if additional appropriations become available.

Deadline: April 29, 2024

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