Community Grant Applications

Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Community Grant

Red River Communications is proud to offer the FRS Community Grant Program to support local efforts.
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) is a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.

This year marks the first time Red River Communications has partnered with FRS to offer this grant.
We are accepting grant requests from $250 to $5,000, with 10% of the total award coming from Red River Communications and the remainder from the Foundation for Rural Service.

The application deadline is August 10th

The Community Grant application is quick and easy. Applications are submitted to Red River Communications – PO Box 136 – 510 Broadway, Abercrombie, ND 58001,  or email to, who then submits the completed application to FRS. Questions – contact Red River at 701-553-8309

CoBank Sharing Success Grant Program

The CoBank Sharing Success Grant Program works with customers such as Red River Communications to provide grants to charitable organizations and causes in our local communities. CoBank is a national non-profit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it serves. Through the Sharing Success Program, CoBank and its customers have contributed more than $50 million to groups such as volunteer fire departments, local schools, and hunger relief programs.

Non-profit organizations and other non-501 (c)(3)s such as schools, government organizations, departments, or agencies can apply. Use of the grants must benefit a community or communities who receive service from Red River Communications. Grants range from $500 to $4,000.


Applications are CLOSED FOR 2022.

Rural Development Finance Corporation (RDFC) Grant Program Specifications

Contingent on RDFC funding, Red River Communications will award up to four $500 grants or two $1,000 grants to North Dakota entities or organizations within or surrounding Red River Communications’ service area each calendar year. Entities that provide services to North Dakota along with a neighboring state are also eligible.

A 4-to-1 match ($2,000 fundraising for a $500 grant) is required and documented through a signed statement confirming the fundraising match.

  • RDFC grants are available to community-based businesses or facilities such as ambulance services, fire departments, community centers or recreation centers. Community-based projects through service clubs and youth or school programs are also eligible.
    • The applicant does not need to be formally organized as a non-profit, however, for-profit entities do not qualify for RDFC grants.
    • Grant must be for a project, not for operating or ongoing expenses.
  • Entities may apply for projects that are underway, have not been started, or have been completed between the date of application and a grant award.
  • RDFC grants are awarded for a specific purpose. A grant recipient should contact Red River Communications if the specified project does not come to fruition or if the stated purpose changes.

Applications are CLOSED FOR 2022.