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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

Deadline: May 15, 2019

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. DLT grant funds support the use of telecommunications-enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. These grants are intended to increase rural access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.

Applications are encouraged that will help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation. Key strategies include:

  • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
  • Developing the Rural Economy
  • Harnessing Technological Innovation
  • Supporting a Rural Workforce
  • Improving Quality of Life

To combat a key threat to economic prosperity, rural workforce, and quality of life, applications are encouraged that will reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment, and/or recovery at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels. Key strategies include:

  • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) and fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education and harm reduction measures such as the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices
  • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based treatment practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery

Amount: Approximately $25,000,000 is available to make up to 100 awards ranging from $50,000-$500,000. Grant applicants must demonstrate matching contributions, in cash or in kind, of at least 15 percent of the grant amount requested.

Eligibility: Incorporated organizations; Indian tribe or tribal organizations; states or local units of government; a consortium; or other legal entities, including private corporations organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312924

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