USDA Rural Development “The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities.” -Abraham Lincoln What Would Lincoln Think?
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program Definitions and Purpose DLT Grants are not just a way to obtain educational technology or medical equipment. The focus is on using the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect rural areas to each other and to the world, thus overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Distance learning means a curriculumdelivered via telecommunications and stresses the connection of students and teachers at remote sites. Telemedicine means the delivery of health carefrom medical professionals at one site to patients at other sites via telecommunications. Telemedicine shows benefit to rural residents either in reduced travel or access to services. 2
DLT Grant Program Eligible Applicants Corporation or a partnership; tribal nation or organization a state or local unit of government; a consortium; or other legal entity. For-profit or not-for profit entity able to contract with the US Government. Applicant must operate a rural community facility or deliver DLT services to entities that operate a rural community facility or to residents of rural areas at rates calculated to ensure that the benefit of the financial assistance passes through to such entities or to residents of rural areas. 3
DLT Program FY 2014 Submission Dates Grant Programs - Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program: Grant programs are announced through an annual competitive application window, typically in the Spring or Summer - announced through a Notice in the Federal Register and on the RUS website FY 2014 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program has yet to be scheduled for open period. Regulation changes FY 2013 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program application window opened on June 28, 2013 and closed on August 12, 2013. FY 2014 Funding Budget = $19.3 M 4
The DLT Grant ProgramTypical Projects Educational services provided through video-conferencing systems is the most common project for distance learning, including distance learning services to schools, colleges, universities and other institutions Telemedicine – many different types of projects are possible: Visiting nurse services and other projects that involve diagnostic/remote monitoring links from patient homes to health professionals elsewhere; tele-radiology; tele-dentistry; tele-pharmacy; virtual ICU Projects can be a combination of distance learning and telemedicine (e.g. medical services and medical education) Program information and success stories are available on the website at:http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html 5
USDA/Rural Development - Illinois Marion Office – Rusty Wanstreet, Area Director 502 Comfort Drive Marion, IL 62959 (618) 993-5396 ex 125 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/il USDA/Rural Development - Illinois State Office – Colleen Callahan, State Director 2118 W. Park Ct., Suite A Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 403-6200 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/il
Primary Contact Christopher L. Collins General Field Representative 601 Business Loop 70W, Suite 235 Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 208-0574 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RUSTelecomPrograms.html 6