Looking for more ways to support your community?

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS provides annual grants for rural 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.

How much are we talking? Grants range from $250 to $5,000.

When can I apply? Each spring, we begin accepting applications for the current year’s grant process. The application window closes in mid-September and awardees are announced in early December.

What kind of projects do we fund? Grant projects vary but are concentrated in four major areas including business, community and economic development, education, and applications of telecommunications. For more information, see below.

Why this is such a critical investment

The FRS grant program gives our rural partners the opportunity to secure funding for projects that will enhance the quality of life in their community.   We want all our rural communities to grow and thrive!

See what NTCA members are saying about the value of the FRS Grant Program and why it makes for such a critical investment in our rural communities.    

Invaluable Insight on participating in the FRS Grant Program

Nex-Tech has crafted a successful approach to the FRS Grant Program through which it's been able to help organizations in its area secure these funds. Check out some of the telco's tips on how to successfully take advantage of this opportunity.   

Congratulations to our 2017 Grantees!

FRS is proud to announce our 2017 grant recipients.

These incredible communities each reflect the culture of vision, service and innovation at the heart of rural America. Their winning projects will help rural communities across the United States overcome an array of challenges, including access to technology, improving educational offerings, combating the opioid crisis, and providing telemedicine and first responder services to rural areas.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to our generous sponsors who made these investments possible!

Allegany Co. Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD) (Belmont, NY)

Awarded $5,000 for a small business training program.

Endorsed by Armstrong Telephone Co.


Barclay College, Teacher Education Department (Haviland, KS)

Awarded $1,600 to develop additional curriculum to enhance educational opportunities in Haviland school districts, where schools have operated on a four-day school week since 2010.

Endorsed by Haviland Telephone Co.


Brown County Public Library (Mount Sterling, IL)

Awarded $5,000 for a technology upgrade for the library, which is the only location with free public use of computers and a public Wi-Fi hotspot in the high-poverty community.

Endorsed by Adams Telephone Co.


Hocking County Municipal Court Telecommunications Development (Logan, OH)

Awarded $5,000 to combat recidivism and relapses, exacerbated by the opioid crisis, by establishing a video system to allow defendants to remotely connect with officials, probation officers and counselors. As with many rural Appalachian communities struggling with the opioid crisis, Hocking County’s courts have been involved in many outreach projects to combat the problem. Transportation to probation and counseling appointments is a challenge due to a lack of a public bus service.

Endorsed by Ohio Telecom Association.


Lake Francis Case Development Corp. (Chamberlain, SD)

Awarded $5,000 to purchase laptops and software to help residents apply for jobs online.

Endorsed by Midstate Communications.


Montrose Memorial Hospital (Montrose, CO)

Awarded $5,000 to implement a telehealth program that concentrates on follow-up assessments for patients following an illness or new medical diagnosis.

Endorsed by Nucla-Naturita Telephone.


New Hope Academy, Inc. (Oil Springs, KY)

Awarded $4,000 to purchase computers for classroom usage in a high-poverty, Appalachian region of the state. Most students do not have computers at home and the shared lab is not sufficient for all students to have access.

Endorsed by Mountain Telephone.


Pine Haven Elementary School (Jamestown, TN)

Awarded $5,000 for Chromebooks and a cart for educational use of K-5 students.

Endorsed by Twin Lakes Telephone.


Powder River First Responders (Broadus, MT)

Awarded $5,000 to enhance a Cardiac Ready Community Project. A service area of over 4,000 square miles makes it difficult for the eight-member, all-volunteer team to get residents to and from the medical facility. The grant will help them implement hands only CPR and AED usage training for residents for free.

Endorsed by Range Telephone Co.


Westfields Hospital and Clinic Foundation (New Richmond, WI)

Awarded $5,000 for laptops with webcams to facilitate mental health assessments in rural emergency rooms via a telemedicine crisis center.

Endorsed by Baldwin Lightstream; Lakeland Communications; Northwest Communications.


Yadkin Early College High School (Yadkinville, NC)

Awarded $4,400 for Google Expedition Kids virtual reality equipment that brings learning experiences and field trips to the classroom. The school is in a rural area with many low-income families and lacks funding for field trips.
Endorsed by Yadtel.