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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 numerous 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 will review applications and award grant amounts.

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 2021 semiannual distribution included the Missouri organizations of the City of New Hampton, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Bethany Kiwanis Club, and the Leon Little League from Iowa

Through the grant program, GRM Networks positively influences the communities in which it operates. Since 1999, GRM Networks has awarded numerous grants to deserving community organizations in its serving territory.

Applications for the next distribution of grants are being accepted now through November 1, 2021. 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.

The City of New Hampton received a $1,000 grant that will be used to assist with on-going renovations in the city park. The money will specifically be used to help construct a new shelter house. Pictured above from left to right are New Hampton Mayor Lorrie A. Langfitt, GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Katlynn Stevens, New Hampton City Clerk Kerri R. Peters and representing the New Hampton Maintenance Department David N. Peters.

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce received a $1,000 grant that will be used to help repair the roof of the historic Cow Palace, a venue used for community activities. Donna Lutzen, center, a Customer Service Representative at GRM Networks, presented the check to Amy Cool, President of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, left, and Princeton Chamber of Commerce member Marcia Cox, right.

Pictured to the right are GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Katlynn Stevens and Bethany Kiwanis Club President Charles Meissen. The Bethany Kiwanis Club received a $1,000 GRM Networks Community Improvement Grant for the purchase of winter clothing for grade school children in need in the South Harrison R-II, Gilman City IV, Cainsville R-1, Ridgeway R-V and North Harrison R-III school districts. The grant will also support children enrolled in the Green Hills Head Start program.

The Leon Little League received a $750 grant that will be used to increase seating at the T-Ball field located in Noel Park and to repair the roof of the concession stand.

Pictured above are representatives from the Leon Little League. From left to right are Journey Hill, Evan Carpenter, Riot Hill, Weston Carpenter, Amber Hill, GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Amy Ray, Eliza Jane Carpenter, Kannin Sage, Keller Sage and Brynlee Sage.

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 Grants

Two Iowa organizations — the Decatur County Hospital and the Parks and Recreation Board of the City of Leon — were awarded 2021 Aureon Charity Grants. Aureon is a statewide fiber network, owned by Iowa independent telephone companies. These grants were presented in conjunction with GRM Networks who sponsored the grant applications.

“GRM Networks is proud to partner with Aureon to make these grants possible,” said Anissa Rockhold, COO of GRM Networks. “We appreciate the dedication the City of Leon and the Decatur County Hospital have to their citizens and look forward to the positive impacts made possible by these grants,” said Rockhold.

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 over the last 27 years. To learn more, please contact Giving@Aureon.com.

The Decatur County Hospital will use their grant to purchase emergency tools for first responders. Pictured above from left to right are GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Amy Ray, Decatur County EMS Director Scott Young, Decatur County Hospital Director of Marketing and Business Development Shannon Erb and Aureon Senior Account Executive Kent Atha.
The City of Leon Parks and Recreation Board will use their grant to help purchase and install a climbing wall at the Leon swimming pool. Pictured above from left to right are Senior Account Executive Kent Atha of Aureon, Leon Deputy City Clerk Lorrie Scrivner and GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Amy Ray.

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 6, 2021 for approval and processing before the FRS deadline. Awards are usually announced in late November or early December. Winners will be contacted directly by FRS.

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