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USDA Grants by Kent Brooks & Associates


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A 2004 presentation on Grants for Distance Learning and Telemedicine

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USDA Grants by Kent Brooks & Associates

  1. 1. Grant Programs forTelemedicine &Distance LearningKent Brooks & AssociatesDecember 15, 2004
  2. 2. Public Telecommunications FacilitiesProgram (PTFP) –NationalTelecommunications and InformationAdministration, U.S. Department ofCommerce - Focus = EquipmentDistance Learning and TelemedicineGrant Program (DLT) –Rural UtilitiesService, U.S. Department of Agriculture- Focus = Equipment
  3. 3. Public TelecommunicationsFacilities Program (PTFP)Distance Learning Grants
  4. 4. Distance Learning Grants• Activate Telecommunications Facility• Extend Telecommunications Facility• NOT “IMPROVE” (replace equipment)• Must have television (video) component• Videoconferencing equipment supported• NOT JUST INTERNET TEXT-BASEDLEARNING
  5. 5. Variety of Technologies• Satellite Interconnection• ITFS; Microwave• Fiber; DS3; Telephone Lines• Internet; ATM/SONET• Cable channel• Portion of Digital Broadcast Signal
  6. 6. Distance Learning &TelemedicineGrant and Loan ProgramsTelecommunications ProgramRural Utilities ServiceU. S. Department of Agriculture
  7. 7. Program PurposeThe Distance Learning & TelemedicineProgram is designed to encourage andimprove distance learning and telemedicineservices in rural areas through the use oftelecommunications, computer networks,and related advanced technologies.
  8. 8. Applicant Eligibility• Deliver or proposing to deliver distancelearning or telemedicine services• Be an incorporated organization orpartnership• An Indian tribe or tribal organization;• A state or local unit of government, aconsortium; or
  9. 9. Applicant Eligibility• Other legal entity such as a privatecorporation either not-for-profit or forprofit• Be operating a rural community facility• Be delivering distance learning ortelemedicine services to entities at ratesthat ensure that the economic value andbenefits of the DLT grant are passed on toother entities or to residents of rural areas• NOTE: RUS electric andtelecommunications borrowers are eligiblefor loans only
  10. 10. Rurality RequirementRurality is significant in two ways . . .1. For project eligibility to qualify for theDLT Program2. As a scoring criterion to rank eligibleprojects
  11. 11. Rurality RequirementTo Qualify for the DLT Program . . .A project must meet a minimum eligibilityof 20 points based on a rurality calculationthat determines the extent to which aproject serves rural areas.
  12. 12. Rurality RequirementAs a Scoring Criterion . . .Once it is determined that a project serves arural area, the project may be awarded pointsbased on the relative rurality of a project’sservice area.
  13. 13. Rurality RequirementCalculation & Considerations• Each end-user site will receive points.The final score is the average score for allend-user sites included in the project.• If the hub is utilized as an end-user site &hub – the hub must be included as one ofthe end-user sites for the ruralitycalculation• A project’s rurality calculation must bebased on the 2000 U.S. Census data
  14. 14. Rurality Calculation Table• Exceptionally Rural 45 points(population 5,000 or less)• Rural Area 30 points(population: 5,001 - 10,000)• Mid-Rural Area 15 points(population: 10,001 - 20,000)• Urban Area 0 points
  15. 15. DLT Grant Program• Seven Scoring Criteria4 Objective & 3 Subjective• Competitive process based onpoints scored• Total possible points - 225
  16. 16. Grant Program• Objective Scoring Criteria– Comparative Rurality of the Project Service Area (Up to45 Points)– Ability to Leverage Resources(15 % minimum match) (Up to 35 Points)NOTE: Although 15% makes you eligible it will take 50% tobe competitive– Economic Need of the Applicant’s Service Area asestimated by the National School Lunch Program(NSLP) (Up to 35 Points)– Project Participation in Enterprise Zone/Empowermentcommunities (EZ/ECs) and Champion Communities(Up to 15 Points).
  17. 17. Grant Program• Subjective Scoring Criteria:– Innovativeness (Up to 15 Points)– Cost Effectiveness of the System(Up to 35 Points)– Need for Services and Benefits Derivedfrom Services (Up to 55 Points)
  18. 18. Grant Eligible Purposes- Acquiring (lease or purchase)eligible equipment. Eligibleequipment means:• computer hardware and software• audio or video equipment• computer network components• telecommunications terminal equipment• data terminal equipment• inside wiring• interactive video equipment
  19. 19. Grant Eligible Purposes- Acquiring instructional programming.• Educational material, including computersoftware, which would be used for educationalpurposes in connection with eligibleequipment but does not include salaries,benefits, and overhead of medical oreducational personnel.
  20. 20. Grant Eligible PurposesLimited to 10% of the Grant− Technical Assistance• Assistance in learning to manage,operate, or use equipment or systems• Studies, analyses, designs, reports,manuals, guides, literature, or otherforms of creating, acquiring, ordisseminating information.• Instruction for using eligible equipment,including any related software
  21. 21. Grant Eligible PurposesLimited to 10% of the Grant- Developing instructionalprogramming- Providing engineering orenvironmental studies relating to theestablishment or expansion of thephase of the project being financedwith the grant.
  22. 22. Ineligible Grant Purposes Include• Salaries, wages, or employee benefits tomedical or educational personnel• Salaries or administrative expenses of theapplicant or the project• Acquisition, installation, or construction oftelecommunications transmission facilities• Site development and the destruction oralteration of buildings• The purchase land or buildings or for buildingconstruction
  23. 23. DLT Grant ProgramFY 2005• Application WindowCloses February 1• Competitive Application Process• 15% Required Matching Contribution50% needed to be competitive• $50,000 Minimum/$500,000 Maximum
  24. 24. Grant ProgramFY 2003• 266 Applications received• 234 Eligible for review• 84 Grant Recipients - $32.5 million• 57 Educational & 27 Medical Projects• 42 States Benefit
  25. 25. Grant ProgramFY 2004• 329 Applications received• 274 Eligible for review• 66 Awards $24 million
  26. 26. KBA 2003 Grant CycleSuccesses• 3 out of 5 Oklahoma USDA Awards• All of Arkansas USDA Awards• 2 Additional Department of CommerceEducational Projects
  27. 27. KBA 2004 Grant CycleSuccesses• 10 RUS projects were funded1. 3 Arkansas2. 2 New Mexico3. 2 Texas4. 1 Missouri5. 1 Iowa (Teleradiology)6. 1 OklahomaAll RUS awards can be viewed at:
  28. 28. KBA 2004 Grant CycleSuccesses• 2 Additional Department of CommerceEducational Projects announced Sept 23,2004• 2004 Commerce awards can be viewed at:–
  29. 29. My/Our History?1. Kent Brooks background is in IT management at the community collegewith a special interest in video conferencing/ distance learning2. Began writing institutional grants in 1993 (contract work in 1997)3. Began writing USDA grants in 1998 (contract USDA work in 2002)4. Vendors and other institutions noticed my budget coffers were always fulland began to ask why (simply grants changed that job for me forever).5. Contract work requests began prior to 2001 funding cycle, however, manyissues converged the largest of which was being furloughed 1 day perweek during difficult state budget times following 9/11. Although I still hada great job the ‘furlough factor’ more than any other item encouraged meto start Kent Brooks & Associates to take greater advantage ofopportunities for grant consulting and training.6. Until 2003 success rate with USDA was 100%7. In 2003 success rate was 50% (We chose a few risky projects)8. In 2004 success rate was 50% (Competition was tougher than ever)9. Our success rate with Dept of Commerce PTFP is still 100%10. We write mostly telecom related grants, but occasionally try somethingelse such as our 2003 Aline-Cleo (OK) Foreign Language Grant whichwas funded
  30. 30. Why us? or Why are we successful?1. Providing opportunity for rural America through telecommunicationstechnologies is my passion and thus the passion of this company2. We don’t take projects which we don’t think have a chance3. We have a formula and we stick to it• Position project as best as you can through demographics• Make a case for the need of a project• Make the narrative simple and yet interesting4. Grant Experience. We are very familiar with this grant.• Trends and past history for funding• Political trends5. Technical Experience I can do the telecom part6. We are motivated to look for ways to put you in the best possibleposition to be funded because we don’t get paid much unless you getfunded.
  31. 31. Where From Here?• What is your vision• Survey info• Commitment and Support Letters• Equipment Specs and pricing• Budget• Government Obligation Documents• USDA = paper application• Commerce = paper + electronic
  32. 32. Kent Brooks & Associates1509 N Main #177Altus, OK