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Aureon Charity Grant Program

Aureon invites public and private non-profit agencies to submit proposals for consideration in assisting in your charity drives and/or funding of a specific project for your respective communities. Only those communities served by Aureon participating telecommunications companies are eligible to submit proposals.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the year. The committee will review quarterly the applications received by the end of each quarter. All applicants will be notified of the funding decisions.

Grant Awards
Most awards range in amounts from $250 to $1,500.

Foundation for Rural Service - Community Grant Program

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) offers aid for communities served by NTCA members, like us, through its annual Community Grants Program. These grants are designed to provide support to a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

Applications for these grants are accepted each spring ranging from $250 to $5,000.

The Program supports projects in these categories:

• Business and economic development

• Community development

• Education

• Telecommunications applications


FRS will not fund grants to the following:

• Individuals                                         

• Scholarship programs                       

• International organizations               

• Lobbying and political activities       

• Ticketed events                             

• Capital campaigns                          

• For-Profit Businesses

• Infrastructure/building campaigns

• Endowments

• Event sponsorships

• Community food programs

• Loan programs

• Religious-based activities

Learn more about the FRS Community Grant Program on their website.


Contact Webster-Calhoun directly with questions by calling (515) 352-3151. 

2022 Grant Recipient 
Friends of Community Memorial Building Foundation


Pictured in front of the fireplace in the newly remodeled lobby are Tami Green, President of the Friends of Community Memorial Building Foundation along with WCCTA COO, Marcie Boerner.


Webster-Calhoun Celebrates with Friends of Community Memorial Building on FRS Grant Award

Lake City, Iowa, January 2023 


The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA –The Rural Broadband Association, announced the recipients of 31 grants totaling over $142,000 to support projects in communities served by NTCA members across the country. Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is pleased to announce Friends of Community Memorial Building in Lake City, Iowa, as one of these grant recipients. Friends of Community Memorial Building Foundation received $5,000 to be used for a digital display honoring local veterans as part of the veteran's museum to be located on the second floor of the community building.

Tami Green, Treasurer of the Friends of Community Memorial Building Foundation partnered with Webster-Calhoun in pursuing this national grant. "This project will educate the public by creating a space for a veteran's museum that will display war memorabilia, a dual historical timeline of the history of wars in our country's past along with Lake City's history. It will also honor the many veterans from our community - not just with a small plaque on a wall but with a digital archive showing a written narrative of the veteran's service area and history of their life after service."


For a complete list of grant awardees from the Foundation for Rural Service, click here.

In 1920 a group of ladies from the Lake City Improvement Society were determined to erect this building as a memorial to the many service members who had perished in the wars up to that time. We also wanted to honor the living veterans to have a special place of gathering. This building, located on the City square surrounded by local businesses, has stood the test of time for over 100 years. Renovation over the past two years has brought the building back to life and the ballroom has already hosted several events.


“The community grant program is particularly exciting because FRS multiplies the support NTCA members are already providing in their communities resulting in a larger impact for local schools and nonprofit organizations,” said Pam Becker, Executive Director of FRS. She continued, “In addition to contributions from this year’s 24 partnering NTCA companies, we are also grateful for extra support from Farm Credit East, CoBank and its funding of the Virtual Living Room program, Womble Bond Dickinson, and the Carri Bennet Rural Economic Development Grant Fund.”

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