Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program provides grants for programs in rural communities served by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members.
Funds may be used for:
- Business Development: Entrepreneurship and job creation programs
- Community Development: Outreach programs that promote technology learning and innovation or that encourage rural development through arts and tourism
- Education: Education technology (such as computers and smart boards), 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.
Examples of health-related projects that have been funded include:
- A telehealth program that concentrates on follow-up assessments for patients following an illness or new medical diagnosis
- A Cardiac Ready Community Project that trains residents from remote communities in hands-only CPR and AED usage
- Purchasing laptops with webcams to facilitate mental health assessments in rural emergency rooms via a telemedicine crisis center
501(c)(3) organizations served by NTCA members are eligible to apply.
The Foundation will give priority to:
- Broadband enabled, technology focused projects
- Projects that have a long-term impact on the community
- Activities that promote community participation and engagement
- Projects that make rural communities a better place to live and work
Preference will also be given to projects that can be fully funded by the grant or have 75% or more of the project currently funded.
Award ceiling: $5,000
Award floor: $250
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.