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2013 - 2016 Grants Awarded

Since its’ beginning in 2008, Benton Telecommunications Foundation
has provided resources of $878,343 into the greater Benton Telecommunications Company service area. Funding has been given to local organizations and agencies supporting the foundations’ mission to foster human development by enhancing the work of those devoted to exemplary service. The breakdown is as follows:

2016: $138,876 granted to serve 33 projects.

2015: $345,679 granted to serve 32 projects.

2014:$228,655 granted to serve 31 projects.

2013: $165,133 granted to serve 26 projects.



2016 Grant Allocations: $345,679

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN - $12,000

Purpose: Assist with Benton County Mentoring Program

American Cancer Society - Benton County Relay for Life - $20,000

Purpose: Research, Education and Advocacy

Stearns History Museum - $5,000

Purpose: Sponsor Healthville Traveling Exhibit

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls - $10,000

Purpose: Expansion & Rennovation Health & Rec Center

Employment Enterprises Inc. - $10,000

Purpose: Technology Upgrade to Connect 5 Training Sites

Anna Marie's Alliance - $15,000

Purpose: Keyless Entry System for Safety

CROSS of Benton County - $20,000

Purpose: Replace stucco, window & door of building

United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN - $25,000

Purpose: Mobile Technology and Exp Center - Phase 1

Small Grants

Rice Police Department - $1758.00

Faith Christan School - $1,000

Milaca School District - $2,000

St. Joseph Parish Hall - $1,023

Immaculate Conception Church - $1,000

Fishing for Life - $1,500

Graham United Methodist Church - $500

Benton County Sheriff's Office - $1,000

Elim Homes - $2,000

Rum River Life Choices Center - $1,000

Foley Public Schools Nutrition Program - $500

Central MN Boy Scouts Council - $1,800

Foley Police Department - $200

Circle of Parents - $595

Benton County Human Services - $500

Mille Lacs County Community 7 Vet Services - $1,500

Benton County Ag Society - $500

Rice Women of Today - $1,500

Volleyball Bash for the Cure - $1,000

Operations Connect - $1,000

Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest - $2,000


2015 Grant Allocations: $345,679

American Cancer Society - Benton County Relay for Life - $20,000

Purpose: Research, Education and Advocacy

American Red Cross - $5,000

Purpose: Local Emergency Funding

City of Milaca - Band Shell - $11,000

Purpose: Completing Phase III of the Band Shell restoration

Community Christian School - Pease - $5,000

Purpose: Additional Roof and other costs for Phase II of improvements

United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN - $15,000

Purpose: Supplies, Devices and Program Development

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud - $15,100

Assist in Senior Dining Quality Improvement Project

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN - $10,000

Assist with Benton County Mentoring Program

Anna Marie's Alliance - $20,000

Helping Hands Outreach - $5,00

Purpose: Support staff help for Outreach Program

GREAT (Great River Ed Arts Theatre) - $10,000

Renovation of Scene Shop to a Learning Center

Greater St. Cloud RSVP

Milage reimbursement for volunteers in Benton County

Watab Township - $32,695

Community Outdoor Warning Signal

Small Grants

Immaculate Conception Church - $1,500

Circle of Parents - $1,200

Junior Achievement of St. Cloud - $2,000

Graham United Methodist Church - $500

St. Joseph Parish of Morrill - $1,600

Benton County Ag Society - $2,000

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls - $250

Gilman Park and Rec Assoc. - $2,000

Rice Women of Today - $500

Central MN Boy Scouts of America - $1,800

Rice American Legion - $550

St. Cloud Coalation for Homeless Men - $2,000

Morrison County SWAT Team - $1,800

Military Historical Society - $1,999

Hearts and Hands Minnesota - $2,000

CROSS of Benton County - $2,000

Paramont Arts Resource Trust - $2,000

St. John's Area School - $2,000

Milaca Community Education - $2,000


2014 Grant Allocations: $228,655

Independance Center Inc. - $20,000

Purpose: Assist in renovating existing facility

City of Milaca - Band Shell - $20,000

Purpose: Repair and restore City Band Shell

United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN - $10,000

Purpose: To improve access to technology to disabled people

American Red Cross - $10,000

Purpose: Direct service response to people in area counties

My Father's House - $16,000

Purpose: Van for Pease House

American Cancer Society - Benton County Relay for Life - $20,000

Purpose: Research, Education and Advocacy

Community Christian School - Pease - $25,000

Purpose: Remodel and remove asbestos in classrooms

MN State Veterans Cemetery Mem Assoc - $25,000

Purpose: Support for paintings for MN Veterans Cemetery

Helping Hands Outreach - $10,200

Purpose: Expanding services to help persons in need

Minnesota Military Museum - $9,600

Purpose: Develop special Vietnam 50th annviersary exhibit

WACOSA - $20,000

Purpose: Fund their wellness to work program

His Givers - $10,000

Purpose: Coordinate work and life skills classes for adults

Central MN Habitat for Humanity - $15,000

Sign, Billboards and printed mat promoting ReStore

Small Grants

Junior Achievement of St. Cloud Area - $2,000

M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) - $500

Rum River Life Choices - $1,000

Rice Fire Department - $850

CROSS Center of Benton County - $2,000

Rice American Legion Auxiliary - $700

Community Vacation Bible School - Immaculate Conception Church - $1000

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls - $250

City of Bock - $2,000

Independent Lifestyles Inc. - $1,600

Birthline - $1,200

Rice American Legion - $500

Operations Community Connect - $1,000

Central MN Sustainability Project - $1,500

Paramount Arts Resource Center - $1,755


2013 Grant Allocations: $165,133

Anna Marie's Alliance - $20,000

Purpose: To expand the CEVI program for children

Central MN Re-Entry Project - $10,000

Purpose: Van for furniture delivery to houses in need

American Red Cross - Central MN Chapter - $10,000

Purpose: To support all activities of the Central MN Chapter

Helping Hand Outreach - $12,854

Purpose: To expand the Helping Hands Outreach Program

American Cancer Society - $20,000

Purpose: To support the Benton County Relay for Life

Watab Township - $15,000

Purpose: To provide an emergency siren system for the area

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central MN - $8,000

Purpose: To develop a program for children of incarcerated parents

Sauk Rapids-Rice Education Foundation - $25,000

Purpose: To purchase technical devices for families below poverty levels

WACOSA - $20,000

Purpose: To purchase items for an AS vocational training program

Small Grants

Quiet Oaks Hospice House - $2,000

Rum River Life Choices Center - $2,000

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church - $1,329

Operations Community Connect - $2,000

CROSS Center of Benton County - $1,000

Princeton Police Department - $2,000

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls - $250

Benton County 4-H - $2,000

Royalton Splash Park (City of Royalton) - $2,000

Morrison County Sheriff Department - $1,500

Benton County Historial Society - $1,000

Junior Achievement of St. Cloud Area - $2,000

Milaca Evanelical Free Church - $1,000

Milaca Community Education - $1,000

Pearl Crisis Centear - $700

Catholic Charities of the St. Cloud Diocese - $2,500