Community Partnership Program Application

Information

  1. Eligibility
    • Tax-exempt, non-profit community organizations or groups
    • Must be within the regulated cooperative serving area, or within a BEK Fiber served area, or receiving BEK service(s) over BEK Fiber.
  2. Programs/Projects not eligible
    • Annual appeals or membership drives
    • Capital debt reduction
    • Individuals or for-profit organizations
    • Political projects
    • Religious groups for religious purposes
    • Retroactive funding for any project expense incurred before the decision date.
  3. Project Focus
    • Community owned businesses (café, grocery store, motel, other)
    • Community facilities (ambulance services, fire districts, recreation, hospital/clinic, community center, senior center, etc.)
    • Community based or non-profit projects (school/youth projects, other) that benefit our community members
  4. 2024 Deadlines

    Applications are due twice each year in March and September.

    March 28 for April Board review

    September 27 for October Board review

  5. Awards
    The Board of Directors may award up to $15,000 in Community Partnership Program grants after each application period.

    Grant awards will be announced and dispersed in April and October of each year. Applicants will be notified in writing of the funding decision.

    If your application is approved, the grant check will be made out to the organization and will be presented 2–4 weeks after notification. If awarded a grant, you may be asked to have your picture taken for the BEK newsletter and/or local newspaper.
  6. Grant Funding Option 1
    • Grant applications for less than $1,000 have no matching obligation
    • Applications are due twice each year March and September
    • A completed application form detailing the planned use of the grant funds must be submitted for review and approval by the BEK Board of Directors. Requests which do not address the specific information requested will not be considered.
    • A project cannot receive more than one grant during a 12-month period or for the same project/purpose.
  7. Grant Funding Option 2
    • Grant applications for more than $1,000 have a matching obligation of $4 for every $1 grant dollar awarded by the board
    • Applications are due twice each year March and September
    • A completed application form detailing the planned use of the grant funds must be submitted for review and approval by the BEK Board of Directors. Requests which do not address the specific information requested will not be considered.
    • A project cannot receive more than one grant during a 12-month period or for the same project/purpose.

Community Partnership Program Application

How to complete this form

Submission options:
You may complete and send the form to BEK using one of these two options

  1. Complete the online application with your chosen funding option, attach the required items, and use the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the form.
  2. Complete the online application with your chosen funding option, use the ‘Create PDF’ button at the end of the form, print the PDF, sign it and mail it, with the required documentation, to the address on the form.
Save and continue later:
If you cannot finish the form in one sitting, you may save your progress and enter your email to receive a link to complete it later.
Submission deadline:
Applications are due twice each year in March and September.

Community Partnership Program Application