Funding guide

USDA - Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program

Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Agriculture

Federal Agency

Rural Utilities Service

Agency Overview

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Programs provide a variety of loans and grants to build and expand broadband networks. Loans to build broadband networks and deliver service to rural households and businesses, provide capital for rural telecommunications companies and broadband providers.

Program Name

Distance Learning Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program

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.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
  • Digital Skills Training
  • Other: Distance learning and telemedicine equipment
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • State and Local Governments
  • Tribal Entities
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Agency Contact

Loan Origination and Approval Division at (202) 720-0800

General Field Representatives

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount


FY2019 Funding Amount


Additional Information