The Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) has launched its new year of programs with $125,000 in funding to benefit rural communities. Here’s a look at three key programs:
- The Technology Grants for Rural Schools program helps meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants strive to help rural, public schools connect to high speed broadband, bring modern computers to every classroom, and ensure effective, engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the curriculum. Grants range from $1,000-$5,000. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2013.
- The Ethyl Grant program provides matching grants to fund projects aimed at bettering the educational and community development efforts of rural communities. The grants, ranging from $500-$2,500, are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and must be matched by the community. $16,000 in funding is available.
- The FRED Scholarship program awards $75,000 in scholarships to rural America’s most accomplished and intelligent students. Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000 and are available to high school seniors and college students who are from rural communities. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14, 2014.
FRED programs are designated for rural communities, residents and organizations in the US and Canada. Eligibility is determined by FRED’s Donor Circle, which is made up of companies that support FRED. To be considered, applications must include a letter of nomination from a supporter in the Donor Circle and meet the basic requirements outlined in the individual program brochure. The Donor Circle list is available at http://www.fred.org/donors.html. Any company or individual may join the Donor Circle and nominate applications based on their level of support.
FRED is a national 501(c)3 charitable foundation located in Washington, D.C. FRED’s mission is to sponsor programs and activities that improve the educational, social and economic conditions of rural areas in the US and Canada. For more information about the FRED programs and how to apply, visit www.fred.org.