USDA opens call for distance learning, telemed funding

Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah. (Credit: YouTube) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah. (Credit: YouTube)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas, Under Secretary Lisa Mensah said Monday.

The USDA is making $19 million available nationwide for fiscal year 2016. Minimum grants amounts are $50,000; maximum amounts are $500,000. The DLT Program finances telecommunications equipment, computer networks and advanced technologies for use by students, teachers, medical professionals and rural residents.

On Jan. 27, Feb. 2 and Feb. 18, the USDA will host webinar focused on the DLT Grant Program for interested parties. To pre-register, please contact Deborah Anderson or Gayle Buckner at (202) 720-0800 or email: or

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