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2015 - 2018 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:

2018: $203,576 granted to serve 37 projects.

2017: $238,710 granted to serve 42 projects.

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

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



2018 Grant Allocations: $203,576

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

Purpose: Research, Education and Advocacy

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Great Strides - $20,000

Purpose: Care centers, research & drug development

Kody Snograss Foundation 832 K-9 Dogs - $19,000

Purpose: Transport and train 2 bloodhounds for assistance

American Red Cross - $5,000

Purpose: Emergency Response Vehicle

Trinity Lutheran Church - Milaca Snack Pks - $1,000

Purpose: Purchase food for the Milaca snack pack program

Terebinth Refuge - $10,000

Purpose: Curriculum, education & programs for women

Employment Enterprises Inc. - $15,000

Purpose: 20 tablets to track time as required by the state

MN Telecom Alliance Foundation - $25,000

Purpose: Purchase incident response vehicle

Little Rock Lake Association - $10,000

Purpose: Vegetation for lake cleanup - 25% contribution required

WACOSA - $16,626

Purpose: Expand 3 doorways to make handicap accessible

Lutheran Social Services (St. Cloud Area Nursery)- $10,000

Purpose: Enlist childcare providers to help in times of emergency

Nexus-Mille Lacs Academy - $5,500

Purpose: Automatic belay system for rock climbing wall

Light the Legacy - $5,000

Purpose: Provide resources to families about end of life care

Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest - $10,000

Purpose: Expand the Junior Achievement program in Sauk Rapids - Rice Schools

Small Grants - Total of $29,400 to help:

Rice Fire Department

Helping Hands Outreach

Boy Scouts Troop 473

Central MN Health Center

Rice Community VBS

Pierz Fire Department

Friends of Career Solutions

Milaca Area Pantry

Rice Area Food Shelf

Benton County 4-H Shooting Sports Program

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless

Jugaad Leadership Program

Reach Out Center

Milaca Community Education

Graham United Methodist Church VBS

Becker Teenserve

Fransiscan Sisters of Little Falls

MN Assistance Council for Veterans

Kindred Family Focus

Rice Women of Today

Pease Christian Reform Church

Volleyball Bash for the Cure

American Legion Post 473

Rice Community Church

Paramont Center for the Arts

Holiday Helping Hands - Trinity Church

Circle of Parents

Boy Scouts - Central MN Council


2017 Grant Allocations: $238,710

American Red Cross - $5,000

Purpose: Recruiting, Training, and Local Disaster Relief

Catholic Charities - Domus Trans Housing - $5,000

Purpose: Furnaces

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls - $7,500

Exercise Equipment for Wellness Center

Maywood Covenant Church - $25,000

Purpose: Improvements to ROC to address safety concerns

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

Purpose: Research, Education and Advocacy

Boy Scouts - Central MN Council - $10,000

Purpose: Build & Improve STEM Program

Employment Enterprises Inc. - $5,000

Purpose: Build handicap accessible bathroom & accomindations

Light the Legacy - $5,000

Purpose: Expand the Advance Care Planning classes

Mille Lacs County Sheriff K-9 Unit - $5,000

Purpose: Purchase a new dog for K-9 unit

Nexus-Mille Lacs Academy - $8,850

Purpose: Equipment to expand free lawn service to needy

Twin Cities Public Television - $10,000

Purpose: Digital Story Wall for Vietnam Veterans

Anna Marie's Alliance - $25,000

Purpose: Remodel and Expand Current Facility

Junior Achievement - $25,000

Purpose: Expand program to Sauk Rapids/Rice Schools

Tanner's Team Foundation - $12,000

Purpose: Provide funds to families who have ill childern

UCP- $25,000

Purpose: Mobile platform for adaptive technology assist

Central MN Habitat for Humanity - $25,000

Purpose: Build two homes in Benton County

Small Grants - Total of $35,360 to help:

Morrison County Food Shelf

Friends of Avation

Boy Scouts Troop 473

Holdingford Jazz Band

Shepherd of the Pines Church

Community Christan School

Immaculate Conception Church

Morrison County SWAT Team

Paramount Center for the Arts

Foley Police Department

Zion Lutheran Church

Helping Hands Outreach

Rice Community Church

Foley Fire Department

Foreston Fire Department

Gaits of Hope

Volleyball Bash for the Cure

Graham United Methodist Church VBS

Hearts & Hands

Faith Chrisitan School

Lutheran Social Services of MN

Forest Hill Cemetery

Rice Women of Today

Annunciation Church

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

Cub Scouts Pack 120

Rice Elementary School

Paramont Center for the Arts

Holiday Helping Hands - Trinity Church

Circle of Parents

Rum River Life Choices

St. Cloud State University