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USDA announces $17.5 million in rural health telemedicine grants

July 1, 2013

Hospitals and others can apply through Aug. 12 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday. The agency expects to award about $17.5 million in fiscal year 2013 grants through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which provides funds to improve telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas. Applicants must serve a rural area, demonstrate economic need and provide at least 15% in matching funds. For more on the program and how to apply, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLTResources.html.