How to Apply for Blackfoot Communications 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.  

Do you have a Community Project that needs funding?  

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Community Grant Program is offered annually through NTCA members, like Blackfoot Communications, to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. If your community project is located within Blackfoot Communications' rural cooperative service territories, Blackfoot is currently accepting community grant requests from $250 - $5,000 until July 31, 2022.

The FRS is a non-profit organization that works in cooperating with NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS offers aid for communities served by NTCA members through its annual Community Grants Program. 

The Program supports projects in these categories:

   * Business and Economic development: Devise a plan to turn your community into a global phenomenon by growing small or existing businesses, developing new ones and implementing a job creation program that attracts key talent from your community or from skilled individuals interested in relocating to small town America.

   * Community development: Develop an outreach program that helps to promote advancing technology skills of your community members, incorporates innovation into learning, raises the visibility of your community's talent and artistry, and placed your town on everyone's bucket list as the place to visit.

   * Education: Support advances in education by helping your schools get technology (computers, smart boards, etc.) in the classroom, build resources for curriculum development, strengthen extracurricular activities and programs, and promote distance learning programs.

   * Telecommunications applications: Show how you plan to turn your community into a technological powerhouse by promoting the implementation and use of broadband-enabled applications for telehealth, education, government services, safety and security, and efficient energy distribution and use.


FRS provides priority to projects that:

   * Could be funded by the grant maximum of $5,000 or have at least 75% of the project currently funded.

   * Technology and broadband enabled focused projects.

   * Have a long-term impact for the community and its residents.

   * Promote community participation and engagement.

   * Create a more sustainable rural community.


FRS will not fund grants to the following: 1) individuals; 2) scholarship programs; 3) international organizations; 4) lobbying and political activities; 5) Ticketed events; 6) Capital campaigns; 7) For-Profit Businesses; 8) Infrastructure/building campaigns; 9) Endowments; 10) Event sponsorships; 10) Community food programs; 11) Loan programs; and 12) religious-based activities.


Complete the Blackfoot FRS Community Grant Application by July 31, 2022 and Blackfoot will submit the completed application to FRS. Grants are a one-time award only and will be awarded in late November.

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Additional Information

* We recommend using Google Chrome for the best user experience with our community support platform

* Your Submittable form will be reviewed and a response made to the email address given. Please check your email and open the email from @email.submittable.com titled “RE: Blackfoot Communications – FRS Community Grant Application”. If you still do not see the email in your Inbox, please add “@email.submittable.com” to your White List or Safe Sender List, and/or check your “Junk” or “Spam” folders. We make every effort to ensure that these emails are delivered.

* Have you already set up a Submittable account and want to check on the status and/or correspondence regarding your application? Access your account @ https://givingback.blackfoot.com/login __________________________________________________________

Questions?

Email: communitysupport@blackfoot.com

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Blackfoot Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot Communications' portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our application process by using this online portal for for community events, cash requests, raffle baskets, and 4-H community project. If this your first time accessing this Application, you must first create a Submittable account to complete the form (see "Create Your Account" below). Once your Submittable account is created, you can use the same log-in/password account for future requests.  If you run into issues setting up your account, please check out the FAQs.   

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 Blackfoot Communication’s Cooperative service area, and other communities Blackfoot Communications serves in its Montana and Idaho rural service territories.

Blackfoot Communications’ 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 Communications 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 Communications 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 the Blackfoot Communications brand, products and services.

· Affordability of the event to the general public. Blackfoot Communications typically sponsors events with tickets less than $50.

· Full disclosure of confirmed participating sponsors and at what level.

In consideration for event sponsorship, Blackfoot Communications 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 Communications.

· First Right of Refusal – Event organizers agree to offer Blackfoot Communications the first right of refusal for the next event sponsorship.

· Right to Promote Sponsorship – Blackfoot Communications 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. 

Blackfoot Communications' 4-H Club Community Project Grant Program 

The mission of Blackfoot Communications' 4-H Club Community grant is to help support 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 focuses 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 Communications takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting 4-H Community Projects: 

· 4-H Club is located within Blackfoot Communications' Cooperative rural service area, and other communities Blackfoot serves 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 a lasting impact on its community; and

· If the project helps young people learn, grow and make a difference in their communities. 


NOTES

· Blackfoot Communications cares about our local environments and will no longer offer bottled water for community events.  

· Blackfoot Communications cannot donate telecommunications and data services due to regulatory constraints.

· CHROME is the best internet browser for this platform. 

* Access your Submittable account @ https://givingback.blackfoot.com/login

DO YOU NEED HELP GETTING YOUR APPLICATION SUBMITTED? 

Having difficulties getting your application submitted? Try these steps:  1)  make sure every question with an asterick * has been answered as these are mandatory questions; 2) save your current application; 3)  sign out of your Blackfoot/Submittable account; 4) close your internet browser; 5) reopen internet browser (CHROME is the recommended browser); 6) log back into your Blackfoot/Submittable account; 7) reopen your application; 8) scroll to bottom of application and hit 'Submit'.    

Once you’ve completed these steps, your application should be accepted and you should receive a confirmation email stating your application has been accepted. 

If these steps still do not work, please contact Submittable @ https://www.submittable.com/contact/ ; identify yourself as an Individual looking to submit your work to an organization for assistance, or contact Blackfoot  Communications @ communitysupport@blackfoot.com


QUESTIONS ABOUT BLACKFOOT COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNITY SUPPORT? 

Email: communitysupport@blackfoot.com

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