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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.

Invaluable Insight on the FRS Grant Program

Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) gives back to our rural communities through our grant program. In 2018, FRS awarded 12 grants for a total of nearly $50,000. Thank you to our 2018 sponsors who made the grant program possible: Ericsson Inc., NISC, Womble Bond Dickinson, Mapcom Systems, Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC), and Toly Digital. See how our grants open opportunities to our rural communities.

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.    

Congratulations to our 2018 Grant Winners!

FRS is proud to announce our 2018 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, 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!

5 Loaves Food Pantry (Twin Lakes, Tenn.)

Awarded $4,608 for basic technology classes and Wi-Fi access.

Endorsed by Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation.


Clifton Community Library (Cranberry Lake, N.Y.)

Awarded $1,060 for the creation of a Wi-Fi hot-spot in Newton Falls.

Endorsed by SLIC Network Solutions.


Face to Face Recovery Organization (Jesup, Ga.)

Awarded $3,800 for a start-up distance learning GED education program within the Wayne County jail system.

Endorsed by ATC Broadband.


Family Resource Center (Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.)          

Awarded $4,950 for the creation of a sustainable telehealth program for the Luc Du Flambeau Indian Reservation and Community.

Endorsed by Price County Telephone Company.


Gervais High School (Gervais, Ore.)

Awarded $4,944 for the purchase of 12 Google Chromebooks, carrying cases and wall- mounted screens to enhance and further educational programming.

Endorsed by Gervais Telephone Company.


Greater West Central Public Library District (Augusta, Ill.)

Awarded $5,000 for the purchase of nine desktop computers and five iPads to be distributed throughout the library district’s five locations.

Endorsed by Adams Telephone Cooperative.


Mercer County Ambulance Service (Hazen, N.D.)

Awarded $3,000 to upgrade their four laptops to provide better care to the 8,000 people they serve.

Endorsed by West River Telecom.


Moundridge Public Library (Moundridge, Kan.)

Awarded $3,942 to add three computers to its public computer work stations. This will give the library four computers, nearer to the state-recommended six for a library of its size.

Endorsed by Moundridge Communications Network.


Oakhurst Community College Outreach Center (OCCC) (Oakhurst, Calif.)

Awarded $5,000 to improve the center’s distance learning opportunities by installing distance learning equipment for high school enrichment and dual enrollment classes. The new equipment will allow OCCC to link to distance learning programs at other community colleges.

Endorsed by Sierra Telephone.


Owsley County Action Team (Booneville, Ky.)

Awarded $5,000 to the Booneville Teleworks Hub. The Teleworks Hub helps train local residents in the hopes of finding them telework jobs with companies throughout the world.

Endorsed by Peoples Rural Telephone Company.


Screven County Community Collaborative Inc. (Sylvania, Ga.)

Awarded $5,000 for the purchase of tablets, hotspot equipment, laptops, and a smartboard to be used on its “Learning on Wheels” tech bus.

Endorsed by Planters Telephone Cooperative.


Toole County Health Foundation (Marias Medical Center) (Shelby, Mont.)

Awarded $3,600 for the purchase of a mobile telemedicine cart.

Endorsed by Three Rivers Communications.