USDA Announces Funding Opportunity for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

Name
Larry Yerich
City
Anchorage
State
Alaska
Release Date
May 27, 2015

USDA-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Alaska, Single Family Housing and Community Facilities Director Greg Stuckey today announced USDA-RD is now accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.

"The DLT program delivers educational and medical opportunities that are urgently needed in remote, rural areas,” Stuckey said. "These investments mean that students in rural Alaskan schools will have educational opportunities often not available outside urban areas.  This funding also means that people who live and work in rural areas will not have to travel long distances for specialized health care services."

The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the DLT Grant Program was published this morning in the Federal Register, opening the FY2015 grant window.  This year it is only a 45-day window.  The program will close on July 6, 2015.  All applications must be submitted electronically or postmarked by that date. The full text of the NOSA can be found here.

Additional information, including the FY15 Application Guide, can be found on our website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.  Be sure to click on the "Forms and Resources" tab near the top of the page to see the Application Guide.

In support of the opening of the grant window, we will be hosting two webinars on June 4 and 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time to answer questions.  The flyer for the webinar is available here for more information.  There is limited space in each webinar, so attendees must preregister with the Loan Origination Division to ensure a spot.  To preregister, please contact Deborah Herndon or Gayle Buckner at (202) 720-0800 or email: deborah.herndon@wdc.usda.gov and gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov.  Spots will be reserved in the order in which requests are received.   For any questions on the DLT program, please email: dltinfo@wdc.usda.gov.
  
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.