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Department of Agriculture-Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program

Federal Agency/Bureau
Rural Utilities Service
Program Name
Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program
Authorizing Legislation

Food, Agriculture,Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. §§950aaa et seq.)

Program Overview

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.



Type of Funding


Link to application site, NOFO, FOA, or (if different from program website above)

Not Applicable 

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or Federal Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Type

Other-Funding Opportunity Announcement on Grants.Gov

Important Dates (if applicable)

60-day application window expected, start date: TBD

FY2022 Appropriations Amount


Amount Available Towards Broadband: Up to 20% of each grant can be used for broadband facilities, if those facilities will be owned by the applicant.

Matching Requirement

Yes. 15 Percent

Complementary Federal Funding Option

This program cannot be used as a match with other federal programs.

Broadband-related Program Purpose/Eligible Expenditures
Speed/Technical Requirement for Broadband Infrastructure

Not Applicable. 

Criteria for Eligible Recipients

This program is intended to serve rural area and towns with a population of 20,000 or less. 

Grant Beneficiaries (if different from eligible recipients)

This program is specifically designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers, and medical service providers who serve rural residents can link to other teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.  

Publicly-available programmatic data
Contact Information                                                                                                Loan Origination and Approval Division (202) 720-0800

General Field Representatives (GFR)                                 


June 2022