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See below or click on the following links:

1. Verizon Grant

2. Foundation for Rural Education & Development


Verizon Foundation Funding Goals and Partnership Guidelines

The Verizon Foundation is in the business of improving lives in literacy, knowledge and a readiness for the 21st Century.

Specifically, we help people to:

  • Increase their literacy and educational achievement
  • Avoid being an abuser or a victim of domestic violence
  • Achieve and sustain their health and safety

Eligible organizations seeking grants from the Verizon Foundation must be prepared to track and report program outcomes as well as specific results that demonstrate measurable human impact. In the grant application, organizations must indicate what outcomes are targeted through programming and what results, as specified on the grant application, the organization will measure.

Defining Program Results

The Verizon Foundation targets our philanthropic investments to partners and programs that achieve meaningful outcomes and measurable results in specific areas within each of our Funding Priorities. Grant applicants are required to select one or more outcomes and results for grants in each of our Funding Priorities. Click on a funding area below to see the list of targeted outcomes and results that are specified in the online grant application.

Outcomes and results will be reported by the grantee on a quarterly basis. The Verizon Foundation uses this information to guide grantees in achieving stated outcomes and results, and to measure the social impact of Verizon?s philanthropic investments in its community partners and the programs it supports.


Foundation for Rural Education & Development

Foundation for Rural Education & Development

2008 Technology Grants
Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants are funded by a donation from Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC) and strive to help public schools in rural areas served by OPASTCO members bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the information superhighway and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum.

Download an application here!

Applications are due into the FRED office on or before September 13, 2008

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a public k-12 school
  2. Must be in the service area of an OPASTCO telephone company

OPASTCO is an association for small independent telephone companies throughout the United States and Canada.

To find out if you are in the service area of an OPASTCO member contact your local telephone company.

Schools that are served by large telephone carriers such as Verizon, BellSouth, Frontier, AT&T, Sprint, Qwest, etc. are not eligible to apply.

2007 Technology Grant Recipients
Thanks to the generosity of RTFC, rural schools located in OPASTCO members’ service areas are able to make huge strides in the effort to close the digital divide. In 2007, $50,000 in technology grants was awarded to public schools.With close to half a million dollars in funding requested, it is clear that RTFC’s program fills a great need in our rural communities for technology that enhances the learning experience. Of the more than 60 applications that were reviewed, the following 7 schools.
2007 Technology Grant Recipients

Virginia CUSD #64, Ill.
Nominated by Cass Telephone Company
Grant: $5,638Sulphur Public School, Okla.
Nominated by Chickasaw Telephone Company
Grant: $10,000Sutherland Public School, Neb.
Nominated by Great Plains Communications, Inc.
Grant: $5,000Logan USD #326, Kan.
Nominated by Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc.
Grant: $9,139Parkside Elementary School, Wash.
Nominated by Tenino Telephone Company
Grant: $6,030Lynch Public Schools, Neb.
Nominated by Three Rivers Telco
Grant: $9,860Griggs County Central School District, N. Dak.
Nominated by Inter-Community Telephone Company
Grant: $4,333Summaries of Past Recipients
E-mail: Stephanie Patton, FRED’s Program Coordinator


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