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 Community Support Program

Welcome to the Blackfoot Communication 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 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. 

Blackfoot's 4-H Club Community Project Program 

The mission of Blackfoot's 4-H Club 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 takes the following criteria into consideration when selecting 4-H Community Projects: 

· 4-H Club is located within Blackfoot's Cooperative 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 cares about our local environments and will no longer offer bottled water for community events.  

· Blackfoot is unable to donate services, including 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 @ communitysupport@blackfoot.com


QUESTIONS ABOUT BLACKFOOT COMMUNITY SUPPORT? 

Email: communitysupport@blackfoot.com

Blackfoot in Education 

Welcome to the Blackfoot Communication portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our application process by using this online portal for community and education applications. 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.    

FRS Youth Tour Program

Since 1995, the NTCA Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has hosted an annual Youth Tour for 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 Communications sponsors up to 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 2021 FRS Youth Tour is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 5th through Wednesday, June 9th. COVID19 restrictions may still be in place and this event may be cancelled at any time.

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: Many schools have shifted to remote/virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. From your unique perspective, describe any challenges or advantages you have experienced using remote/virtual learning during the pandemic.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

More information regarding the Youth Tour can be found here.

NOTES:

* Chrome is the best internet browser for this platform

* Use a PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS in lieu of your school email address for the Blackfoot Application

* 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: education@blackfoot.com

Blackfoot in Education 

Welcome to the Blackfoot Communication portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our application process by using this online portal for community and education applications. 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.   

Blackfoot Scholarship Program

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 back, we have awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships to students who have pursued their passions and made positive impacts in our local service areas and beyond. Looking ahead, we are excited to see the possibilities the future holds for today’s students. 

Our support includes opportunities through several venues:  

  • 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:  Thursday, March 25, 2021 


Other Telecommunications Scholarship Opportunities:

  • NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: The Foundation annually awards 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 (#27517). 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. 
  •  The 2021 Scholarship Application will be available to Students January 1, 2021; criteria can be found here
  • DEADLINE:  March 5, 2021

 

NOTES:

* Chrome is the best internet browser for this platform

* Use a PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS in lieu of your school email address for the Blackfoot Application

* 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: education@blackfoot.com 


Blackfoot in Education 

Welcome to the Blackfoot Communication portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our application process by using this online portal for community and education applications. 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.  

Student Connection Program

Blackfoot Communications is proud to continue this important educational initiative to fulfill student needs identified by school leaders in the public school systems located within our rural service territories. We realize some families experience difficult economic times and this is Blackfoot Communication's chance to step up with your help. Our 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 Communication's Montana and Idaho rural cooperative service territories. Applications must be submitted by a school representative (i.e. Principal/Superintendent, Supervising Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Teacher).

The Student Connection Program will remain open during the 2020-2021 School Year.

NOTES:

* Chrome is the best internet browser for this platform

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


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


Blackfoot Community Support