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4196 Merchant Plaza
Suite #803
Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Technology Grant Applications now available

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2012 Tech Grant Recipients Announced

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Program Eligibility Changes: New Donor Circle
FRED programs are designated for rural communities, residents and organizations in the US and Canada. Starting in the fall of 2013, eligibility for FRED programs is determined by the Donor Circle. Applicants must have a letter of nomination from a Donor Circle company for that program year and meet the basic requirements outlined in the individual program brochure. Only those applications that meet these two requirements will be considered for FRED funding. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or other funding program, contact one of the companies listed on the Donor Circle list. The number of applications each company nominate is limited. 

Companies not in the "Donor Circle" wishing to nominate an applicant for a FRED program may do so by making a donation to FRED.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Korzuch, Executive Director, at 202/660-2899.

Have you won a FRED grant or scholarship?
We want to hear from you! In anticipation of FRED's 25th Anniversary in 2014, we are asking all program participants to share information that will help us better understand how our funding has helped improve rural communities. Scholarship winners and Leadership Through Learning Program participants are invited to share their education and career successes.  Grant winners are encouraged to share the impacts of the funding on their local schools, community centers, libraries, etc. Send us your feedback today by clicking here!

Technology Grants
One of the most popular and competitive FRED programs, the Technology Grants for Rural Schools program, was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom.  The grants strive to help rural, public schools connect to high speed broadband, bring modern computers to every classroom, and ensure effective, engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the curriculum.  By actively engaging rural students with the latest technology, they are better prepared for college and the workforce.  The program runs annually and awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The 2013 Tech Grant applications are now being reviewed by the selection committee. Applicants will receive an email by December 5th confirming that their application has been received. Winners will be announced in late January.


Scholarships - Deadline extended until 2/18/14!
Each year, FRED awards $75,000 in scholarships to rural America's most accomplished and intelligent students.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, and are funded by the FRED Scholarship Endowment and donations to FRED’s Annual Giving Campaign. The Everette Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship honors Mr. Kneece's vital and pioneering efforts on behalf of FRED, and awards $5,000 to the year's top applicant. For a 2014 FRED scholarship brochure, click here.



EthylEthyl Grant
The Ethyl Grant program provides matching grants to fund projects aimed at bettering their communities. The grants, ranging from $500 - $2,500, are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and must be matched by the community. There are two types of Ethyl Grants that may be awarded, the Educational Grant and the Community Development Grant. This matching grant program focuses on ways rural communities can work together to meet a collective need. Grants have been used for projects such as building wheelchair ramps and accessible bathrooms in a local baseball park, purchasing a school’s first Smart Board for their classrooms, and creating a safe playing environment for school-age children. Bennet & Bennet, PLLC and Ericsson are the sponsors of the 2014 Ethyl Grant Program.

For a 2014 Ethyl Grant brochure, please click here.

Please mail all program applications to the following address:
Foundation for Rural Education and Development
Attn: Melissa Korzuch, Executive Director
4196 Merchant Plaza
Suite #803
Lake Ridge, VA 22192

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Mailing Address:
4196 Merchant Plaza, Suite #803
Lake Ridge, VA 22192

2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 997
Washington, D.C. 20006

Phone: 202/660-2899
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