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GRM Networks has partnered with the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, to award two grants totaling more than $9,000 to GRM Networks customers. Receiving grants were the Decatur County Development Corporation in Leon, Iowa, and the Ridgeway R-V School of Ridgeway, Missouri. NTCA represents nearly 850 independent rural telecommunications companies in the United States.

Awarded $4,960 was the Decatur County Development Corporation. They will use their grant to create an online infrastructure to help employers and residents connect to find quality jobs, internships and apprenticeships. Pictured above left is Stacie Ury, GRM Networks customer service representative and right is Shannon Erb, Decatur County Development Corporation executive director.

The Ridgeway R-V School received a grant totaling $5,000 to purchase 13 Chromebooks, Chromebook management consoles and 1 ELMO Document Camera. The Chromebooks will be used throughout the preschool and kindergarten through grade 12. Dustin Freeman, superintendent of Ridgeway R-V School, left, received the grant from Steve Miles, right, GRM Networks district manager.

FRS seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in rural America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Through scholarship grants, and a variety of educational programs, FRS focuses on educating rural youth, encouraging community development and introducing policymakers to challenges facing rural communities.