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 awarded a total of $3,750 as part of the company’s Community Improvement Grant program. Organizations receiving funding in the first semiannual distribution for calendar year 2024 are Decatur County Public Health of Leon, Iowa; the Stacy Multipurpose Center of Princeton, Missouri; the Harrison County Council on Aging of Bethany, Missouri, and the Mercer County Food Pantry of Princeton, Missouri.

Applications for the next distribution of grants are being accepted through November 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.

Decatur County Public Health was awarded a $1,000 grant to be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for Decatur County students who need assistance. Decatur County Public Health is partnering with the Leon Police Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s office to distribute the backpacks and school supplies during their National Night Out event in August. Amy Ray, GRM Networks Customer Service Representative, pictured far right, presented the grant to Decatur County Public Health Parent Educator Jamie Patterson, left, and Decatur County Public Health Administrator Holly Rash, center. 

GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Donna Lutzen, pictured far right, presented a $1,000 check to the Stacy Multipurpose Center represented by Linda Hague, treasurer. The money will be used to purchase new pool covers which will help maintain the pool’s temperature as well as help keep the pool’s water from evaporating.

The Harrison County Council on Aging received a $1,000 grant to purchase new siding and windows for the senior center in Bethany. GRM Networks Combination Technician Clay Rinehart presented the check to Harrison County Council on Aging Administrator Tammy Lane.

The Mercer County Food Pantry received a $750 grant. The Food Pantry will use their grant to purchase platform truck carts and wagons for curbside deliveries. GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Lucretia Coon presented the check. Pictured above on the front row, left to right, are Volunteer Linda Moore, Co-President Joann Moore, Coon, and Board Member Debbie Lankford. On the back row, left to right, are Treasurer Danny Shew, Volunteer Nancy Delameter, Secretary Marsha Hobbs, and Board Members Marsha Shew and Jimmie Rogers.

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 flyer and application guide detail everything that needs to be included in the application.

Applications are due to GRM Networks by August 9, 2024 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.