The Foundation for Rural Service provides a variety of programs ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. The foundation aims to improve educational achievement in rural communities across the country with projects that will have a long-lasting effect on the community. Grants are concentrated in four major areas: business and economic development, community development, education, and telecommunications.
Educational grants support technology in the classroom (such as computers and smart boards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities, and distance learning programs. The foundation recently supported funding for Chromebooks for elementary school students, virtual reality equipment for high school students, and classroom computers for underserved students. Priority is given to projects that will be fully funded by the grant maximum, or those that have 75 percent of the project costs funded.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools.
Applications must be submitted by postal mail.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations
Award: Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Deadline: Applications are due September 15, annually.
More Information: https://www.frs.org/programs/grant-program