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Grant Programs

GRM Networks Community Improvement Grants

Through its Community Improvement Grant Program, GRM Networks positively influences the communities in which it operates. Since 1999, GRM Networks has awarded more than 300 grants to deserving community organizations in its serving territory.

Grant applications are accepted twice a year, with deadlines on May 1 and November 1.  Grant amounts vary, with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,500 awarded to successful applicants.  The Cooperative’s Board of Directors reviews the applications and selects grant recipients.

Questions should be directed to Amy Davison, Sales Representative at 660-748-2110 or adavison@corp.grm.net.

GRM Networks Awards $3,750 in Community Improvement Grants

GRM Networks has awarded a total of $3,750 as part of the company’s Community Improvement Grant program. Organizations receiving funding in the second semiannual distribution for calendar year 2023 are the City of Allerton, Iowa; the North Harrison Fire Protection District of Eagleville, Missouri; the Jamesport City Park of Jamesport, Missouri and the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center of Trenton, Missouri.

Applications for the next distribution of grants are being accepted through May 1, 2024. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,500 awarded to successful applicants. The Cooperative’s Board of Directors will review applications and award grant amounts.

Questions regarding grant applications should be directed to Amy Davison, Sales Representative at 660-748-2110 or adavison@corp.grm.net.

Pictured to the right are Melissa Niday, Allerton City Clerk and Anthony Trower, GRM Networks Combination Technician. The City of Allerton will use their $1,100 grant to replace original windows and window casings at the Allerton Civic Center – a community meeting place used by organizations and community members for meetings, reunions and other social activities..

GRM Networks Combination Technician Mike Burkhead, pictured far right, presented a $1,000 grant to the North Harrison Fire Protection District represented by Assistant Chief Eric Richardson, left, and Lieutenant Lane Huitt, center. The grant will be used to purchase mannequins to teach CPR to firefighters, emergency medical technicians and community members.

The Jamesport City Park received a $1,000 grant to purchase tables for outdoor activities at the park’s new community building. Pictured to the right, on the front row, left to right, are GRM Networks Combination Technician Joe Bond, City Clerk Shelley Page and Park President Davey Davis. On the back row, left to right, are Park Secretary Genee Bontrager, Park Board members Gayle Hall and Chelsey Gingerich and Tri-County Weekly Editor Natha McAllister.

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center received a $650 grant. Chad Smith, GRM Networks Combination Technician, presented the grant to Program Manager Amanda White. The Center will use their grant to purchase sensory-friendly comfort items for their front service area for children.

Other Grant Opportunities

GRM Networks has two partners that offer grant programs to our customers. If you have questions, contact Amy Davison, Sales Representative, at 660-748-2110 or adavison@corp.grm.net.

Aureon Charity Grant Program

Apply for a grant for your organization from Aureon (formerly INS). Aureon invites public and private non-profit agencies to submit proposals for consideration in assisting in your charity drives and/or funding of a specific project for your respective communities. Only those communities served by Aureon participating telecommunications companies are eligible to submit proposals.  Applications may be submitted any time of the year and will be reviewed quarterly. Most awards range from $250 to $1500.

Learn more at https://www.aureon.com/about/aureon/community/ or download the Aureon application.

Aureon Awards Charity Grant to Leon Chamber of Commerce

A $500 Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to the Leon Chamber of Commerce’s Community Playground Committee. The grant will be used to build the Little River Lookout Community Inclusive Playground, a new playground that will include playground equipment providing children with disabilities the opportunity to play in a safe outdoor space alongside their peers.

Aureon is a statewide fiber network, owned by independent Iowa telephone companies. This grant was presented in conjunction with GRM Networks, who sponsored the grant application.

“Our partnership with Aureon allows us to offer grants such as this to the communities and organizations in our Iowa service areas,” said Mitchell Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of GRM Networks. “We are grateful for Aureon’s commitment to advancing Iowa communities.”

The Aureon Charity Grant Program was established in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunication companies and the communities they serve. The Aureon Charity Grant Program awards grants on a quarterly basis and has donated more than $1 million to Iowa nonprofit organizations. To learn more, please contact Giving@Aureon.com.

Michael Jordison, District Manager at GRM Networks, awarded the check to members of the playground committee. They include, back row, left to right, Taylor Clark, Kristi Minnick, Chase Clausen and Alisha Butz. On the front row, left to right, Kathy Smith, Jordison, Kayla Clausen and Alexa Mendenhall.

FRS Community Grant Program

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, the Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members, which includes GRM Networks. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants are awarded in four categories:

  • Business and Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Telecommunications Applications

Grants can range from $250 to $5000, with GRM Networks contributing 10% toward the one-time grant and the remainder of the award coming from FRS.

Learn more at www.frs.org/programs/grant-program/community-grant. The Application Guide details everything that needs to be included in the application.

Applications were due to GRM Networks by August 4, 2023 for approval and processing before the FRS deadline. GRM Networks submits the applications to FRS. Awards are announced by FRS, usually around Thanksgiving.

For further assistance with the application process, contact Amy Davison, Sales Representative at 660-748-2110 or adavison@corp.grm.net.