When it comes to funding your Distance Learning or Telemedicine projects it’s always the same ole same ole, we don’t have enough money. If you happen to be in a rural location or providing services to a rural location, you may be in luck. Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Grants could be your ticket to fund your project. This program is designed to help rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.
For example, if you had $15,000 slated for a project to upgrade your:
- Audio, video and interactive video equipment
- Terminal and data terminal equipment
- Computer hardware, network components and software
- Inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services
You could use this available funding as the 15% match for the program providing you the ability to obtain $100,000 in funding. Keep in mind that grant funds can only be used for capital assets and not cloud hosted services and awards typically range from $50,000 to $500,000. Even if you have previously been awarded a RUS Grant, you can re-apply in following years to refresh your previous projects.
Intimidated about writing a grant? Don’t be as we are here to help and can assist you with our team of grant writing and solution experts. The 2017 RUS Grant window typically opens in Jan/Feb and now is a great time to meet with us and get a jump on refining your project and kicking off writing the application.
If you are interested, we are currently partnering with new and past RUS recipients looking to update their Distance Learning or Telehealth solutions using the RUS grant program.
It’s a free program – click here for the details.