Grants

In 2020, Rainbow Communications was awarded a $2.8 million Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) to expand it's fiber network in Effingham and Lancaster to reach underserved rural broadband areas during a time when broadband connectivity is essential. Rainbow was very grateful for the opportunity to bring its neighboring towns a better broadband experience. Click here to read more about the grant. 

Effingham & Lancaster - Fiber Launch

Advocacy

Advocating for broadband is rural areas is always top-of-mind for Rainbow Communications. Our GM/CEO, Jason Smith, recently had the opportunity to visit with Senator Jerry Moran and his Legislative Assistant, Garrison Homberg on a few different occasions. They were able to discuss the outcome of the Rural Digital Opportunites Fund (RDOF) auction. Smith was able to share concerns that rural consumers who do not have service today would be left behind due to the auction results. 

Advocacy

Business Development

Our staff members are deeply committed to giving back. We volunteer our time to help create, retain, and expand businesses right here in Northeast Kansas.

Our staff can be found serving on various boards, including Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation; Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development; and Sabetha, Hiawatha, and Seneca Chambers of Commerce.

We also can connect businesses to grant opportunities available through telecommunication-related organizations such as Foundation for Rural Services which seeks to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Also alvalible is the Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program (REDLG) Program through the USDA. The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA. Learn more here

Grant opportunities for local non-profit organizations

As a member of NTCA, Rainbow can assist your local non-profit organization or business with applying for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Grant Program. As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, the FRS provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

Grants range from $250 to $5,000 and provide funds that go back in to rural communities every year. They are concentrated in four major areas:

  • Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Telecommunications

For more information visit FRS or contact our community relations team at 800-892-0163.

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