USDA Releases Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for DLT Grant Program
Announcement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy: Funding Opportunity from USDA
The USDA is making up to $17.5 million in grant funding available to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program was published in theFederal Register on June 28, 2013. Applications for this program must be received by Monday, August 12, 2013. The DLT Grant Program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedicine technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans. 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. Applications will be scored based on the community’s rurality and economic need, as well as efficiency and innovativeness of the use of funds, and must show that the applicant can supply at least a 15 percent funding match.
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An important message from the Health Resources and Services Administration on a funding opportunity for community programs targeting rural health disparities:
The 2012 funding opportunity announcement is now available for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grants (CTG) – Small Communities Program. CTG funds support local and state government agencies as well as community-based organizations in the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community health activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence-base of effective prevention programming.
The CTG Small Communities Program funding opportunity specifically targets communities with populations of up to 500,000 people to increase opportunities to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. CTG has the potential to address activities directed at rural health disparities. No less than 20 percent of grant funds will be directed to rural and frontier areas.
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