The FRS grant helped turn our small town dreams into a big time reality. With the additional funding we were awarded by the FRS grant, we were able to reach our goal of raising enough funds to purchase 30 brand new computers for our students. Originally we hoped to meet our goal within a year, but with the help of the grant we met our goal within 4 months. Our students have never had access to brand new computers and with the help of the FRS grant we are now able to provide them with state of the art technology at their fingertips! Now our small rural school can be competitive with much larger school districts that have the means to fund these resources.”
Nealy Hamson
- Dalhgren Elementary PTA

Grant Program

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, the Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members.  The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas:

  • Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Telecommunications

Grants can range from $250 to $5000 that go back in to rural communities, every year.

FRS grants will allow rural communities to take that first step towards a project or plan that can help better the lives of those around them – whether it is smart boards in schools, a Main Street beautification project, better agricultural equipment for farms, start-up money for young entrepreneurs, or basic computer classes. These funds help rural Americans invest in their communities in meaningful ways.

The Foundation will give priority to proposals that foster collaboration among different community agencies, and local government, reflect a comprehensive approach to community development, promote community participation and engagement, and make rural communities a better place to live and work.

The 2014 Grant Program is now closed.  Check back soon to see who this year's winners are.

 Click here or here for sample proposals from past winners.

Click here for the 2014 Grant Award Winners!