The RUS DLT Grant is Approaching
United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) + Rural Utilities Service (RUS) =
RUS DLT (Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning & Telemedicine) Grant
Information provided by
Grant Strategy Team, Cisco
Since the USDA has not posted the new guidelines for this fiscal year and changes are likely to occur, the information presented here is based on previous years’ experience.
The DLT supports projects in highly rural and economically disadvantage locations to develop and expand distance learning and telemedicine capacity through the acquisition of equipment, instructional programming, and technical assistance for using eligible equipment.
AMOUNT AWARDED: $50 – 500k
MATCHING DOLLARS REQUIRED: A minimum of 15% match is required, but a 50% match is recommended for a competitive application
APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBD for 2013: Awaiting appropriation from Congress. Estimated time is May-June 2013.
WHO CAN APPLY: Applicants must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or partnership; an Indian tribe or tribal organization; a consortium; or other legal entity, including a private corporation organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.
- local education agencies (LEAs)
- education service centers
- higher education institutions
- workforce investment boards
- tribal organizations
- education and training providers
- health care providers
- faith-based community organizations
Organizations must currently deliver or propose to deliver distance learning or telemedicine services for the term of the grant. Considerable success has been seen with individual school districts and formal and informal consortiums. The keys for demographics in this grant are rurality and impoverishment.
EXAMPLES OF AWARDED PROGRAMS TO K-12 SCHOOLS
- Sharing teachers between different educational facilities
- Dual credit, advance placement distance learning classes
- Vocational training and certification
- Community outreach and education
- Foreign languages distance learning courses
- Connecting specialists in urban areas to rural clinics and hospitals
- School based health centers
The following documents provide more information in graphic formats.