Distance Learning & Telemedicine and Community Connect Broadband Grants

  • Christopher L Collins
  • USDA Rural Development
  • 601 Business Loop 70 West
  • Parkade Centre, Suite 235
  • Columbia MO 65203
  • Phone: 573-445-0765
  • Email: Chris.collins@usda.gov
  • Website Link:

Purpose of the Program

This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.

Who is Eligible

Eligible applicants include:

Most State and local governments
Federally-recognized Tribes
For-profit corporations

Application Process

Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required and can be used for operating costs.

Applications for this program are serviced by RUS national office staff.

How Funds are to be used

Community Connect Grant Funds must be used for construction, acquisition, or lease of facilities to deploy broadband transmission services; and the improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a community center with at least ten computer access points free from charge for two years.

Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Funds must be used for equipment that provides education or health care through telecommunications.

Types of Assistance