Community Grant Program

Supporting Your Communities

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS offers aid for communities served by NTCA members through its annual Community Grants Program. These grants are designed to provide support to a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

Applications for these grants are accepted each spring ranging from $250 to $5,000. The grants awarded each December support a variety of projects concentrated in four major categories. 

Together, We Can Boost Our Community

Submitting applications for the community grant is easy as 1...2...3...

  1. Download the flyer, personalize it with your logo and contact information, your chosen deadline and distribute it within your community.  
  2. Have your community members submit their proposals to you by your chosen deadline. 
  3. Select the proposals your telco would like to back and submit your application through Member Central by September 13


Note: NTCA member companies will be responsible for a 10% match (i.e. if the applicant requests and wins a grant for $5,000, the NTCA member company is responsible for $500 and FRS is responsible for $4,500).

Invaluable Insight on the FRS Grant Program

Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) gives back to rural communities through the grant program. In 2018, FRS awarded 12 grants for a total of nearly $50,000. Thank you to the 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 the grants open opportunities to rural communities.


Business and Economic Development
Devise a plan to turn your community into a global phenomenon by growing small or existing businesses, developing new ones and implementing a job creation program that attracts key talent from your community or from skilled individuals interested in relocating to small town America.

Community Development
Develop an outreach program that helps to promote advancing technology skills of your community members, incorporates innovation into learning, raises the visibility of your community’s talent and artistry, and places your town on everyone’s bucket list as the place to visit.

Support advances in education by helping your schools get technology (computers, smart boards, etc.) in the classroom, build resources for curriculum development, strengthen extracurricular activities and programs, and promote distance learning programs.

Telecommunications Applications
Show how you plan to turn your community into a technological powerhouse by promoting the implementation and use of broadband-enabled applications for telehealth, education, government services, safety and security, and efficient energy distribution and use.



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