America Online Rural Telecommunications Grants

America Online (AOL) funds these awards, which "recognize and reward outstanding achievement in rural community development through telecommunications." In partnership with the National Center for Small Communities, the AOL Foundation makes awards in six categories: Infrastructure Technology; Public Access, Skills, and Training; Community/Economic Development, Job Creation; Health Information and Services; Enhanced Disability Access; and Youth Development/Leadership. The foundation provides $10,000 to winners in each of the six categories and $2,000 to two semifinalists in each category. Applicants must demonstrate how they have used telecommunications to invigorate rural communities—not just show a plan that might


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