USDA Announces Funding for Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

Lincoln, NE January 19, 2016 – Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on January 12, 2016 that USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is soliciting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants for FY 2016.

Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:  most State and local governmental entities, Federally-recognized Tribes, Non-profits, For-profit businesses, and a consortia of eligible entities.

The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) outlines that applications are due March 14, 2016.

There is a minimum grant amount of $50,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 for eligible applicants. The grants, which are awarded through a competitive process, may be used to fund telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies which extend educational and medical applications into rural areas.

A few of the prior Nebraska recipients include:

Details on how to apply can be found online at and on page 1388 of the January 12, 2016 Federal Register. USDA will publish on its website the total amount of DLT funding available for FY 2016.

For more information in Nebraska contact General Field Representative Roger Meeks at (402) 416-4936 or

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

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