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Foundation for Rural Service

Deadline: September 15, 2018

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NTCA)–The Rural Broadband Association to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. FRS will provide annual grants for programs in rural communities served by NTCA members. Grants support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. The Foundation supports organizations and projects that fit into the following grant categories:

  • Business Development: Entrepreneurship and job creation programs.
  • Community Development: Outreach programs that promote technology learning and innovation. Programs that encourage rural development through arts and tourism.
  • Education: Technology in the classroom (computers, smart boards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities and distance-learning programs.
  • Telecommunications: Broadband adoption projects; applications of broadband, including in healthcare, agriculture, and education; and technology infrastructure, such as community hot spots.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Could be fully funded by the grant maximum of $5,000 or have 75% or more of the project currently
  • Broadband enabled, technology focused projects
  • Have a long-term impact for the community and its residents
  • Promote community participation and engagement
  • Make rural communities a better place to live and work

Amount: Grants range from $250-$5,000. Each grant is a one-time award. Projects may be funded at a lesser amount than requested.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in communities served by NCTA members. A letter of support from an NTCA member company endorsing the project must accompany the request.

Link: https://www.frs.org/programs/grant-program

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