2017 Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program

Ben Lomand Connect is excited to announce a grant program for rural communities available through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association.

The FRS Grant Program is designed to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Applicants may request grants in the range of $250 to $5,000.  Each grant is a one-time award and projects may be funded at a lesser amount than requested.

The foundation supports organizations and projects that fit into the following grant categories:

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

The FRS Grant Program guidelines and requirements are available at: http://www.frs.org/images/2017_FRS_Grant_Procedures%20FINAL%205.31.17.pdf

Additional information can be found at: http://www.frs.org/rural-community-outreach/grant-program


Ben Lomand Connect staff members will meet weekly to review applications, make recommendations, and provide a letter of support for applications that qualify. Grant proposals must be received at Ben Lomand Connect by August 18, 2017.  Please provide a contact name, phone number, and email address with your application.

Email submission is preferred at: inet_dept@blomand.net   For applications received by email, a reply will be sent confirming receipt.

Applications can also be mailed to:
Ben Lomand Connect
Attention: Jennifer Gilliam
PO Box 670
McMinnville, TN 37111

Once Ben Lomand Connect has provided a letter of support, applicants will be responsible for submitting their application to the Foundation for Rural Service, which must be postmarked by September 15, 2017.



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