Mid-Rivers Education Technology Grants

Mid-Rivers Communications considers grants when funds are available for this purpose from the Mid-Rivers Fund for Education, which is funded by cooperative members’ Unclaimed Capital Credits. For 2021, Mid-Rivers is proud to announce the availability of up to $75,000 in grants!

Applications must be submitted online by eligible applicants (see below) by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021. Incomplete applications or applications submitted on paper will not be considered. Please include a valid email address – this is how we will communicate with you regarding the status of your application. For questions, please contact Nicole Senner at nicole.senner@midrivers.coop.

Eligible Applicants

  • Accredited educational facilities, including public, private and home schools, located within the Mid-Rivers service area.
  • Non-profit entities with an educational mission serving the Mid-Rivers service area.

Eligible Projects

  • Mid-Rivers recognizes the power of broadband as a solution. Broadband can build bridges between generations, provide access to boundless educational opportunities, strengthen rural economies, and help people stay in their homes longer. This year, preference will be given to projects that:
    • Utilize broadband in innovative ways to address educational and community issues.
    • Seek to educate adults and senior citizens on broadband applications, including how to use technology and the quality of life benefits technology can offer to seniors.
    • Promote student leadership and workforce development skills, especially in fields that will allow students to successfully live and work in Eastern Montana as adults.
  • All projects must be for educational purposes benefitting Mid-Rivers’ members and customers. Educational purposes may include PreK-12, postsecondary, continuing/adult, and/or workforce education.
  • Projects should employ technology/telecommunications and propose innovative and cost-effective solutions to rural educational and community challenges.
  • Grant dollars may be used to purchase technology, equipment, supplies, advertising/outreach, and other items necessary to complete the project. Grant funds may NOT be used for salaries, benefits, or to purchase telecommunications services from providers other than Mid-Rivers.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not allow grants to be used for services and equipment that also receive USAC Schools & Libraries (E-Rate) discounts.
  • Matching funds are preferred but not required.

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Grant Amounts

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  • Maximum grant request per project/application is $7,500.
  • There is no minimum grant request.
  • Actual grant amounts, eligible projects and applicants, and number and amounts of grants awarded will be at the sole discretion of Mid-Rivers Communications based on the quality of applications received, geographic distribution of funding, and other factors.

Application Requirements

Grant applications must be submitted in a video format via a YouTube Link. The video should address:

  • The mission of the applicant.
  • A detailed description of the project.
  • How the project addresses the stated grant program priorities.
  • Who will benefit from the project.
  • The need the project fulfills.
  • Amount of funds being requested.
  • How the funds would be used.

Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length and uploaded to YouTube with a link to that video provided in the application.

Grant Application

If you do not want your uploaded video to be viewable by the general public, choose the option "Unlisted" in the privacy settings when uploading your video to YouTube. You can view more information on this at the YouTube Privacy Settings Help page.

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