2013 Technology Grants
The 2013 Tech Grant applications are now being reviewed by the selection committee. Applicants will receive an email by December 5th confirming that their application has been received. Winners will be announced in late January.
Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants strive to help public schools in rural areas 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.
Please be aware that there are significant changes to our eligibility guidelines from last year. Not all schools that applied in the past are eligible this year. Read through the application very carefully before filling it out.
New Eligibility Guidelines: Starting in the fall of 2013, eligibility for FRED programs is determined by the Donor Circle. Applicants must have a letter of nomination from a Donor Circle company for that program year and meet the basic requirements outlined in the individual program brochure. Only those applications that meet these two requirements will be considered for FRED funding. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or other funding program, contact one of the companies listed on the Donor Circle list. The number of applications each company nominate is limited and is determined by the company.
Have you won a FRED grant or scholarship?
We want to hear from you! In anticipation of FRED's 25th Anniversary in 2014, we are asking all program participants to share information that will help us better understand how our funding has helped improve rural communities. Scholarship winners and Leadership Through Learning Program participants are invited to share their education and career successes. Grant winners are encouraged to share the impacts of the funding on their local schools, community centers, libraries, etc. Send us your feedback today by clicking here!
NEW! Please mail all program applications to the following address:
Foundation for Rural Education and Development
Attn: Melissa Korzuch, Executive Director
4196 Merchant Plaza
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
2012 Tech Grant Awards
In early January 2013, FRED awarded $38,000 in grants to rural public schools across the United States. The grant program, now in its thirteenth year, awards grants to public schools that are working to increase the use of technology to enhance the learning experience. Since the program’s inception, FRED has awarded more than $740,000 in funding to rural schools. The 2012 recipients of the Technology Grants for Rural schools are:
Melrose Area Elementary School, MN
Nominated by: Arvig Enterprises, Inc.
Necedah Area School, WI
Nominated by: Central State Telephone Company
Madelia Elementary School, MN
Nominated by: Christensen Communications Company
West Hancock Middle School, IA
Nominated by: Communications 1 Network
Gordon Elementary School, NE
Nominated by: Great Plains Communications Inc.
Rawlins County School District - USD 105 Elem., KS
Nominated by: Nex-Tech
Tate Topa Tribal School, ND
Nominated by: North Dakota Telephone Company
Pilot Grove C-4 School, MO
Nominated by: Otelco, Mid-Missouri Division
Waynesboro Middle School, TN
Nominated by: TDS
Wilson Elementary School, KS
Nominated by: Wilson Telephone Company Inc.
2011 Tech Grant Awards
In 2011, FRED awarded $35,000 in grants to 7 schools in rural areas. Each recipient received a $5,000 grant for new technology. Congratulations to the 2011 Technology Grants for Rural Schools recipients:
Perry Central High School
Nominated by: Franklin Telephone Company, MS
Whitefish Township Community School
Nominated by: Hiawatha Telephone Company, MI
Schoharie Central School District
Nominated by: The Middleburgh Telephone Company, NY
Four Winds High School
Nominated by: North Dakota Telephone Company, ND
Oconto High School
Nominated by: NSight Telservices, WI
Golden Plains USD #316
Nominated by: Rural Telephone Service, KS
Kingsland Elementary School
Nominated by: TDS Telephone Company (Cleveland County), AR