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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 reviews the applications and awards 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 final 2021 distribution included the Newtown Saddle Club, Ravenwood Playground Committee, Lucerne Stock Show and the Garden Grove Public Library.

Applications for the next distribution of grants are being accepted through May 1, 2022. 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 GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Allie Vaughn, Sandra Buckler and Katie Blanchard, both of the Newtown Saddle Club. Vaughn presented Buckler and Blanchard with a $1,000 GRM Networks Community Improvement Grant. The grant will be used to repair the arena’s wood fence.

The Ravenwood Playground Committee will use their $1,000 grant to update their city park by upgrading swings and adding new equipment and safety features. Pictured to the right are members of the committee along with GRM Networks Combination Technician Randy Dougan, From left to right are City Clerk Taylor Spire, Dougan and Committee Members Cassie Wiederholt, Marcy Sobotka and Megan Wiederholt.

Pictured to the right are GRM Networks Customer Service Representative Lucretia Coon and representing the Lucerne Stock Show, Jim Blanchard. The Lucerne Stock Show was awarded a $1,000 grant. They plan to use their grant to provide a quality sound system in their show barn which will not only benefit the Lucerne Stock Show but also the various community events held at the show barn. 

Receiving a $750 grant was the Garden Grove Public Library. Pictured to the right are GRM Networks Combination Technician Nathan Boyd, left, Library Director Sarah Chrisman and former Mayor Jeff Murphy. The library will use their grant to purchase children’s books and young adult materials as well as important resources for improving education and promoting healthy families.

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 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 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 are due to GRM Networks by August 5, 2022 for approval and processing before the FRS deadline. GRM Networks will then submit 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.