Monday, June 10, 2013

Funding Opportunities

1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has released a funding opportunity in support of the rural Access to External Devices Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to: (1) purchase automated external defibrillators; (2) provide defibrillator and basic life support training in automated defibrillator usage; and (3) place automated external defibrillators in rural communities.

All applications are due June 17, 2013. It is expected that 7 programs will be funded up to $200,000 per year for a three-year project period.

2. Grant funding will soon be available through the USDA for distance learning and telemedicine efforts aimed and serving rural America. The Notice of Funding Availability for the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program will be released in the coming days. The DLT grant program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedical technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans.

$17 million in grant funding is expected to be available and each award will be between $50,000 and $500,000.

• Applicants must be 1) a legally incorporated organization operating a rural community facility directly or serving an organization that operates a rural community facility and 2) must currently deliver or propose to deliver distance learning or telemedicine services through and beyond the three-year grant period.

For more information on the DLT Grant Program as well as an application toolkit, please go here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to begin preparing applications today and to reach out to their State USDA Rural Development Office for support. If you do plan to apply, please e-mail Sam Morgan at  so USDA staff can know how many applications to expect. You can e-mail  with questions about the program.

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