Grant Guidelines


Benton Telecommunications Foundation awards grants up to $25,000. 
For requests under $2,000 the Small Grant Application is required. The small grants are reviewed monthly and may be submitted at any time.

For requests over $2,000 a 50% match and the Full Grant Application is required. Upcoming full grant deadline dates:

1. Letter of inquiry needs to be received by December 11, 2023 and the full proposal deadline is January 12, 2024. The grants will be awarded by February 5, 2024.

2. Letter of inquiry needs to be received by April 10, 2024 and the full proposal deadline is May 13, 2024. The grants will be awarded by June 10, 2024.

3. Letter of inquiry needs to be received by August 12, 2024 and the full proposal deadline is September 9, 2024. The grants will be awarded by October 14, 2024.


The foundation emphasizes grant making in the following areas:

Healthy Living:

Programs and initiatives which promote an integrated approach to healing and wellness including the mind, body, heart and spirit.

Basic Human Needs and Services:

Programs and initiatives which provide funds and assistance to suffering individuals and families who may need the following due to poverty, illness, sudden loss of property, or the result of a natural or civic disaster.

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare

Educational and Personal Development:

Programs and initiatives for youth and adults leading to personal growth, societal impact and a deeper understanding of the world and its’ diverse cultures.

  • Emphasis on youth leadership and mentoring.

Community Development:

Programs designed to develop and improve communities, with an emphasis on the municipalities located in Benton County, Minnesota.

Factors Considered

The Foundation considers the following factors in review of applications:

  1. The potential benefit of the proposed activities of the particular population to be served and to the community as a whole.
  2. The capacity of the organization or individual to achieve the desired results.
  3. The adequacy of the projected budget and time period for achieving the desired results.
  4. The likelihood of future support for ongoing operating costs from other sources.
  5. The level of financial need of people whose circumstances may be the result of a natural, civil or personal disaster.
  6. Others factors which are deemed relevant by the Foundation and are reasonable related to the charitable purposes of the Foundation.