MADISON – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC or Commission) is now accepting grant applications for the 2022 Medical Telecommunications Equipment Program, also known as the Telemedicine Grant Program. The program provides funding to purchase medical telecommunications equipment that enhances access to medical care in rural or underserved areas, for people with disabilities, or promotes technologically advanced medical services. The Commission is expected to award up to $1 million in spring 2022. Applications are due on February 10, 2022.
“We’ve witnessed during the pandemic how vitally important it is for people to have access to their nurses and doctors and receive treatment remotely,” said PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq. “These grants break down barriers to health care access and give more flexibility to providers and patients.”
Funding for the Telemedicine Grant program is made available by the Universal Service Fund, which provides up to $500,000 per fiscal year for grants. During the last grant round in 2020, the PSC received 19 applications requesting more than $1.2 million in funding. The Commission awarded $1 million, which funded 16 grants. A list of recipients can be found here.
To be qualified for funding, an applicant must be a nonprofit medical clinic or hospital that is governed by a board of directors, serves federally designated health professional areas, medically underserved areas, or medically underserved populations, or is a public health agency.
Grant applications for the program will be submitted using the new PSC Grants System. The system will allow applicants to manage their application throughout the submission process online. In addition, the PSC will host a webinar on using the new PSC Grants System on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Webinar registration information can be found here. Visit the PSC’s Telemedicine Grants website for further instructions on how to apply.