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Rural Schools Eligible for USDA Telecommunications Grants; Deadline is Jan. 30

By Kristal Kuykendall01/09/23

Now by Jan. 30, Ok–12 college districts in rural areas (serving populations of 20,000 or much less) are invited to use for the USDA Distance Learning Grants program. 

Eligible candidates embrace most entities that present schooling by telecommunications, together with state and native governmental organizations (together with Ok–12 faculties), federally-recognized tribes, nonprofit organizations, and teams of eligible entities working collectively, USDA stated.

Grant funds can be utilized to buy or assist any of the next:

Audio, video, and interactive video gear
Broadband amenities used for distance studying (as much as a sure proportion)
Computer {hardware}, community parts, and software program
Instructional programming
Limited technical help and instruction on easy methods to use distance studying gear

Funds are awarded by a nationally-competitive course of and require 15% matching funds from every awardee; matching funds can’t be from every other federal grant. Awards will range from $50,000 to $1 million per awardee.

Projects that promote fairness and financial alternative in rural America might be given precedence, particularly initiatives that advance the next key priorities:

Supporting well being care wants stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and serving to put together for future pandemic occasions
Ensuring racial fairness
Rebuilding the agricultural economic system
Addressing the local weather disaster

USDA Rural Development has been appropriated roughly $64 million this fiscal 12 months for the this grant program. The company famous it “will make obtainable any unused appropriations from prior fiscal years and may enhance funding if extra appropriations turn out to be obtainable.”

(*30*) extra and apply on-line on the USDA web site.

For questions, contact your native USDA Rural Development consultant.

About the Author

Kristal Kuykendall is editor, 1105 Media Education Group. She can
be reached at [email protected].

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