The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants to help increase access to education, training and health care resources in rural communities.

Projects involving strategies for e-connectivity and using technology innovations are encouraged. Applicants in rural areas of 20,000 or fewer people who provide education or health care services through telecommunications facilities are eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.

USDA also encourages applications that will combat substance use disorder, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and recovery.

Applications must be submitted to the applicant’s nearest USDA office or electronically via by April 10.

Read more about the grant program from the Norfolk Daily News here: