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Opioid Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (Opioid DLT)


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Fact Sheet
Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)


Funds telecommunication projects that support distance learning and telemedicine services to increase access to education, training, and healthcare resources for students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Aims to combat harm from opioid misuse and addiction in rural communities by funding projects and services to address opioid use disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery in rural areas. Includes community and provider education, harm reduction strategies to decrease opioid use and opioid-related overdose deaths, access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and additional evidence-based treatment practices, and options for peer recovery and other recovery support services.

Funds may be used for:

  • Purchasing audio, video, and interactive video equipment
  • Distance learning- or telemedicine-supporting broadband facilities
  • Acquiring computer hardware, network components, and software
  • Obtaining instructional programming, such as tuition, fees, coursework, and virtual field trips
  • Obtaining technical assistance and training related to equipment use

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $500,000
Award floor: $50,000
Estimated number of awards: 40
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Applicants must provide matching funds of at least 15% of the total project costs.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are most entities that offer education or healthcare through telecommunications, including:

  • Incorporated organizations; private for-profit and nonprofit corporations; or consortia
  • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations
  • A state or local unit of government

Eligible programs must benefit rural areas with populations of 20,000 or less as defined by the U.S Census Bureau.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications are competitively scored according to objective and subjective criteria. Applicants must earn a minimum rurality score of 15 points, as an average score for all sites included in the project, to be eligible for an award. Use the rurality worksheet to determine a rurality score for this program.

Applicants will receive special consideration for each hub and/or end-user site located in the 220 at-risk counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Application guide
Application checklist
Applicant webinar recording and slides


For programmatic or technical questions:

For additional information, contact the appropriate telecommunications general field representative for your state.

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards rural communities have received are described on the program website.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Education and Training • Health Education for Community and Patients • Infrastructure • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Opioids • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment