The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service is soliciting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which helps 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. Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including: most State and local governmental entities, Federally-recognized Tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and consortia of eligible entities. The application deadline is March 14, 2016. For more information, visit the USDA website.