Grant Programs

GRM Networks and the Foundation for Rural Service Partner to Offer Community Grant Opportunities

GRM Networks has partnered with the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, to offer grants that support local organizations in their efforts to build and help sustain a high quality of life in rural America. The deadline for applications to be received by GRM Networks is August 7, 2020.  Grants may be awarded in four categories:

  1. Business and Economic Development
  2. Community Development
  3. Education
  4. Telecommunications Applications

Grant requests may range between $250 and $5,000 with GRM Networks contributing 10% toward the one-time grant and the remainder of the award funded by FRS.

About the Grant

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Could be fully funded by the grant maximum of $5,000 or have at least 75% of the project currently funded
  • Focus on technology and broadband enabled projects
  • Have a long-term impact for the community and its residents
  • Promote community participation and engagement
  • Create a more sustainable rural community

Grant consideration will not be given to the following:

  • Individuals
  • Scholarship programs
  • International organizations
  • Lobbying and political activities
  • Ticketed events
  • Infrastructure/building campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Event sponsorships
  • Community food programs
  • Loan repayments

Grant Categories 

Grants will be awarded in the following categories:

  1. Business and Economic Development

Devise a business plan to grow small or existing businesses, develop new jobs or implement a job creation program that attracts key talent from your community or from skilled individuals interested in relocating to small town America.

  1. Community Development

Develop an outreach program that helps to promote advancing the technological skills of community members, incorporates innovation into learning, raises the visibility of your community’s talent and artistry or promotes your town as a “must visit” destination.

  1. Education

Support advances in education by helping your schools get technology (computers, smart boards, etc.) in the classroom, build resources for curriculum development, strengthen extracurricular activities or promote distance learning programs.

  1. Telecommunications Applications

Show how you plan to turn your community into a technological powerhouse by promoting the implementation and use of broadband-enabled applications for telehealth, education, government services, safety and security, and efficient energy distribution and use.

How to Apply

Review the Application Guide

Organizations applying for grants should review the Application Guide, found here, as it contains important information relevant to the creation and completion of the application.

Create Your Application

Using Microsoft Word, follow the layout, as seen in the Application Guide, to create your application as there is no formal application document/form to complete. The Application Guide lists the required elements needed for the application. Please use it as a template to complete your organization’s application.

Review Your Application

Please refer to the Reviewer’s Guide, found here, as you proofread your application to help ensure you are completing each question thoroughly and accurately. Don’t forget to spell check.

Save and Submit

Once you have completed your application, save and email it, along with the required supporting documents as stated in the Application Guide, to Amy Davison at amy@grm.net.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline to submit grant applications to GRM Networks is August 7, 2020. Applications must be completed electronically and emailed to Amy Davison, Sales Representative, at amy@grm.net.

Questions

If you have questions please contact Amy Davison, Sales Representative, at amy@grm.net or at 660-748-2110.

Grants will be awarded in December.

 

Good luck to all applicants.  We look forward to receiving your application.

 

GRM Networks Community Improvement Grants

Through its Community Improvement Grant Program, GRM Networks has positively influenced 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.

Click here for a copy of the grant application.

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

GRM Networks Donates to Area Food Pantries

GRM Networks has donated $750 each to area food pantries through the cooperative’s Community Improvement Grant Program. Five food pantries in the cooperative’s operating area received the grants. From Missouri, they include the Harrison County Food Pantry in Bethany and the Mercer County Food Pantry in Princeton. In Iowa, the food pantries receiving grants are the Lamoni Food Pantry, SCICAP in Leon and FaDSS in Corydon. 

“Food pantries provide vital resources and food security to members of our communities on a regular basis,” said Ron Hinds, CEO of GRM Networks. “Due to the public health emergency, food pantries have experienced added pressure to fulfill these nutritional needs. GRM Networks values and understands the important role of food pantries and wants to support them with this donation during this challenging and uncertain time.”

Through the grant program, GRM Networks has positively influenced 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 second distribution of grants are being accepted now through November 1, 2020. 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 amy@grm.net.

Steve Miles, GRM Networks District Manager, pictured right, presented the donation on behalf of GRM Networks to Robert Skeens, President of the Harrison County Food Pantry, pictured left.

Donna Lutzen, Customer Service Representative at GRM Networks, pictured left, presented the donation on behalf of GRM Networks to Debbie Lankford, right, President of the Mercer County Food Pantry.

Michael Jordison, GRM Networks District Manager, pictured right, presented the donation on behalf of GRM Networks to Connie Kirkpatrick, Assistant Director of the Lamoni Food Pantry, pictured left.

Michael Jordison, GRM Networks District Manager, left, presented the donation on behalf of GRM Networks to Troy McBroom, right, Leon SCICAP Outreach Coordinator.

Michael Jordison, GRM Networks District Manager, pictured right, presented the donation on behalf of GRM Networks to Jamie Swearingin, FaDSS Coordinator in Corydon, pictured left.

Aureon Grant Opportunities

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/.

Click here to download the Aureon application in PDF format.