CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Today, USDA Rural Development held a workshop in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

State Director Kyle Wilkens addressed the group on Wednesday, April 10, helping attendees better understand the application process for USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants.

According to the USDA, these investments aim to help rural populations stay connected and compete on a technologically level playing field with more urban communities.

“Every rural household should have the same connectivity opportunities as larger cities,” Wilkens said. “These grants are specific to distance learning and telemedicine, both of which became critical during the pandemic and even more so as technology increases by leaps and bounds.”

DLT grants can be used to purchase interactive audio/video equipment, instructional programming, computer and network hardware and software, technical assistance on use of DLT equipment and more.

According to the USDA, these grants are targeted to rural areas with populations of 20,000 or fewer residents.

Grant applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 29. The applications must include a letter of support from Director Kyle Wilkens.

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