How to Apply for Blackfoot Programs

Welcome to Blackfoot’s portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our process using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application. Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. If you have any questions, please email communitysupport@blackfoot.com.  

  

Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

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Mission of Blackfoot's 4-H Club Program 

The mission of Blackfoot's 4-H Club grant is to help support for the many 4-H Clubs located within its rural service territories. Each 4-H Club is encouraged each year to consider a community project that focus on healthy living, citizenship, leadership, and community. This grant provides opportunities for youth and adults to strengthen their skills and maximize their positive impacts on the communities in which they live. 

Blackfoot takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting 4-H Community Projects: 

  • 4-H Club is located within Blackfoot's Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) footprint in its Montana and Idaho rural service territories; 
  • 4-H members should be involved in determining, planning, conducting and evaluating the project, and provides an opportunity to learn, grow and make a different in their communities;
  • Project has lasting 
  • if the project helps young people learn, grow and make a difference in their      communities. 

Due to regulatory constraints, Blackfoot is unable to donate services, including telecommunications and data services. 

Questions: Email communitysupport@blackfoot.com 

  

Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

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Blackfoot Community Support Criteria

To be considered, your organization must satisfy the following:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, a civic organization, school, or group.
  • Serve the needs of people in the Blackfoot’s Cooperative service area, and other communities Blackfoot serves in its Montana and Idaho rural service territories.

Blackfoot’s areas of interest for support include: Arts and culture; education; sports and recreation; community service activities; wellness and healthy families; veterans and military; and fundraisers that benefit your broader community. 


Blackfoot takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting support requests:

  • Events that make a difference in the communities we serve.
  • Events that do not compromise Blackfoot’s reputation or discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status or veteran status.
  • Opportunities to reach a public audience to promote Blackfoot’s brand, products and services.
  • Affordability of the event to the general public. Blackfoot typically sponsors events with tickets less than $50.
  • Full disclosure of confirmed participating sponsors and at what level.


In consideration for event sponsorship, Blackfoot requests the following:

  • Agreement of Confidentiality – The specific terms and conditions of sponsorship agreements are confidential. They shall not be made available to any third party without prior written consent from Blackfoot.
  • First Right of Refusal – Event organizers agree to offer Blackfoot the first right of refusal for the next event sponsorship.
  • Right to Promote Sponsorship – Blackfoot appreciates the opportunity to support your event. We may opt to promote the sponsorship and/or event on our website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, customer statements and/or printed collateral. We may also request to take photos and/or video footage to capture the event.


Requests to fund the following are likely to be denied: Religious and/or church-sponsored activities; voter registration; political lobbying activities or other political purposes; religious or charter schools; individuals for any purpose; private foundations.

Use this form to request monetary and in-kind donation asks.

Due to regulatory constraints, Blackfoot is unable to donate services, including telecommunications and data services. 

Questions: Email communitysupport@blackfoot.com.  

  

Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

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Blackfoot Community Support Criteria
To be considered, your organization must satisfy the following:
 

  • Be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, a civic organization, school, or group.
  • Serve the needs of people in the Blackfoot’s Cooperative service area, and other communities Blackfoot serves throughout its Montana and Idaho rural service territories. 

 Blackfoot’s areas of interest for support include: Arts and culture; education; sports and recreation; community service activities; wellness and healthy families; veterans and military; and fundraisers that benefit your broader community.
 
Blackfoot takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting support requests:
 

  • Events that make a difference in the communities we serve.
  • Events that do not compromise Blackfoot’s reputation or discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status or veteran status.
  • Opportunities to reach a public audience to promote Blackfoot’s brand, products and services.
  • Affordability of the event to the general public. Blackfoot typically sponsors events with tickets less than $50.
  • Full disclosure of confirmed participating sponsors and at what level.

 In consideration for event sponsorship, Blackfoot Telecommunications Group requests the following:
 

  • Agreement of Confidentiality – The specific terms and conditions of sponsorship agreements are confidential. They shall not be made available to any third party without prior written consent from Blackfoot.
  • First Right of Refusal – Event organizers agree to offer Blackfoot the first right of refusal for the next event sponsorship.
  • Right to Promote Sponsorship – Blackfoot appreciates the opportunity to support your event. We may opt to promote the sponsorship and/or event on our website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, customer statements and/or printed collateral. We may also request to take photos and/or video footage to capture the event.

 Requests to fund the following are likely to be denied: Religious and/or church-sponsored activities; voter registration; political lobbying activities or other political purposes; religious or charter schools; individuals for any purpose; private foundations.

Due to regulatory constraints, Blackfoot is unable to donate services, including telecommunications and data services. 


Questions: Email communitysupport@blackfoot.com 

  

Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

NOTE: Chrome is the best internet browser for this platform.

Blackfoot Community Support Criteria

To be considered, your organization must satisfy the following:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, a civic organization, school, or group.
  • Serve the needs of people in the Blackfoot’s Cooperative service area, and other communities Blackfoot serves throughout its Montana and Idaho rural service territories.

Blackfoot’s areas of interest for support include: Arts and culture; education; sports and recreation; community service activities; wellness and healthy families; veterans and military; and fundraisers that benefit your broader community.

 
Blackfoot takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting support requests:

  • Events that make a difference in the communities we serve.
  • Events that do not compromise Blackfoot’s reputation or discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status or veteran status.
  • Opportunities to reach a public audience to promote Blackfoot’s brand, products and services.
  • Affordability of the event to the general public. Blackfoot typically sponsors events with tickets less than $50.
  • Full disclosure of confirmed participating sponsors and at what level.

In consideration for event sponsorship, Blackfoot Telecommunications Group requests the following:

  • Agreement of Confidentiality – The specific terms and conditions of sponsorship agreements are confidential. They shall not be made available to any third party without prior written consent from Blackfoot.
  • First Right of Refusal – Event organizers agree to offer Blackfoot the first right of refusal for the next event sponsorship.
  • Right to Promote Sponsorship – Blackfoot appreciates the opportunity to support your event. We may opt to promote the sponsorship and/or event on our website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, customer statements and/or printed collateral. We may also request to take photos and/or video footage to capture the event.

Requests to fund the following are likely to be denied: Religious and/or church-sponsored activities; voter registration; political lobbying activities or other political purposes; religious or charter schools; individuals for any purpose; private foundations.

Due to regulatory constraints, Blackfoot is unable to donate services, including telecommunications and data services. 

Questions: Email communitysupport@blackfoot.com.   

  

Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

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Blackfoot in Education

Blackfoot looks for ways to invest in the long-term success of our communities and are dedicated to supporting and providing educational opportunities for all ages. That’s why each year, Blackfoot contributes over $75,000 to educational endeavors. Looking ahead, we are excited to see the possibilities the future holds for today’s students.

Our support includes opportunities through several avenues:  

  • Blackfoot Scholarship: As part of our commitment to education, the Blackfoot Scholarship Fund provides academic scholarships for students from within our residential Montana and Idaho service areas. The scholarship program is designed for post-secondary students currently served by Blackfoot at either their parents’ residence or their own principal residence. Scholarship awards range from $500, up to $1,500, based on the Board Trustees' review and recommendations. 
  • DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.


  •  NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: In 2019, FRS awarded over $125,000 in scholarships in honor of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Each year, the Foundation gives out $2,500 scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school. Additionally, several named scholarships (see FRS website for entire list) are given to a select group of the over 1,500 applicants. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company (which must commit to a $500 match for each winning student) to be eligible. BLACKFOOT IS YOUR SPONSORING MEMBER COMPANY. FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception; empowering rural students throughout the country to advance their communities with invaluable skillsets and experiences. Please note the student application must be sent to Blackfoot for the sponsor signature before the deadline date below. 
  • For more information regarding the FRS scholarship, and to DOWNLOAD the  Application, check out the website at https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships.  
  • DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2020


Questions: Email education@blackfoot.com.


 
Blackfoot in Education Community Support Program
Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests.

NOTE: Chrome is the best internet browser for this platform.

Blackfoot in Education
Blackfoot looks for ways to invest in the long-term success of our communities and are dedicated to supporting and providing educational opportunities for all ages. That’s why each year, Blackfoot contributes over $75,000 to educational endeavors. Looking ahead, we are excited to see the possibilities the future holds for today’s students.

Since 1995, the NTCA Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has hosted the Youth Tour to thousands of high school students from across rural America. The Youth Tour provides an opportunity for students to visit our nation’s capital and learn about rural broadband—and share their community’s story with key legislative, regulatory and government figures as well as a forum for them to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities. 

Each year Blackfoot sponsors one or two high school students with an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC.  The winner(s) will join over 100 students from across the country for a 4-day tour and explore the city, hear from experts at the FCC and Congress, and discuss how to make our rural communities better. Any qualifying high school student, aged 16-17 at the time of the Tour, and whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are currently serviced by Blackfoot, will be considered. The Blackfoot Student Application requires two Letters of Recommendation from a current teacher and a community member, as well as answering a short Essay Question: Describe some ways that broadband internet (or technology) has helped you prepare for post-graduate life (college/trade school)

The 2020 FRS Youth Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th through Wednesday, June 10th. 

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information regarding this program, check out the FRS website at: https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/youth-tour.

Additional Questions: Email education@blackfoot.com

Blackfoot Student Connection Program Application


Welcome to Blackfoot’s portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our process using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests.  

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Blackfoot is proud to continue this important educational initiative to fulfill student needs identified by school leaders in the public school systems located within our service territories. We realize some families experience difficult economic times and this is Blackfoot's chance to step up with your help. Blackfoot’s Student Connection Fund has been created to fill a gap for those students with a one-time funding need up to $100. 

This program is open to public schools located within Blackfoot's Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) footprint in its Montana and Idaho rural service territories. Applications must be submitted by a School representative (i.e. Principal/Superintendent, Supervising Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Teacher).

This Application will remain available during the current 2019-2020 School Year.

If you have questions regarding the criteria for the Blackfoot Student Connection Program, please email education@blackfoot.com