Giving Back. Looking Ahead.
Blackfoot’s community support motto is “Giving Back. Looking Ahead.” We look 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 $330,000 to educational endeavors. Looking ahead, we are excited to see the possibilities the future holds for today’s students.
Blackfoot proudly supports programs, projects and events that enhance the civic, educational, environmental and cultural well-being of the communities we serve. We believe giving back is more than a corporate responsibility – it’s an important part of who we are and how we live our vision to enrich our customers’ lives every day.
Major event requests should be submitted for consideration six months prior to the event. Smaller sponsorships may be considered in a shorter time frame.
Please complete the appropriate Application for your request.
Blackfoot in Education
Blackfoot Scholarship & FRS Youth Tour Applications
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 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. Past scholarship awards have ranged between $500 - $1,000; and
- NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour Scholarship: Blackfoot annually awards 1 or 2 deserving high school students with an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the FRS Youth Tour. This trip is open to any qualifying high school student age 16 or 17 at the time of the tour, whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are currently served by Blackfoot. The 2019 FRS Youth Tour is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019. For more information regarding this wonderful educational opportunity, check out the FRS website at https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/youth-tour; and
- Student Connection Fund: Blackfoot is proud to continue this important educational initiative to fulfill student needs identified by school leaders in the public school systems located within its 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; and
- NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: In 2019, FRS will be awarding $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. For more information regarding FRS, and to download the current Application, check out the website at https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships
If you have questions regarding any of the criteria for scholarships and/or FRS Youth Tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blackfoot Student Connection Program Application
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. If you have questions regarding the criteria for this Program, please email email@example.com.
Application available during current School Year (2018-2019).
If you have questions regarding the criteria for the Blackfoot Student Connection Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Montana.
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.
If you have questions regarding the criteria for the Blackfoot Community Support Application, please email email@example.com.