OmniTel Communications Charity Grant Program

As a local company, OmniTel is committed to the communities we serve. Through a combination of charitable donations and the dedicated involvement of our employees, OmniTel supports organizations and activities that make our communities better places to live and work. We provide community support through participation in local events and contributions to public and private non-profit organizations. Through OmniTel’s Charity Grant programs we are able to provide financial assistance to programs such as St Ansgar Helping Hands, Nora Springs Skatepark, The Queen of Greene Boat Restoration Project, Wee Saints Daycare, Greene River Days, Riceville WapsiDays Celebration, Central Springs Middle School Strengthening Families Program, Floyd County Relay For Life, numerous Scout groups, volunteer fire departments, our schools and more.


If your public or private non-profit organization has a specific project in which we can help, we invite you to submit a proposal via our charity grants request forms. Greatest consideration is given to the projects that benefit the most number of people in our communities. No grants will be awarded to individuals (i.e. pageants, school trips, etc.) or for-profit private groups. All grants must go to an organization or event in one of the following OmniTel Communications Communities: Floyd, Greene, Little Cedar, Marble Rock, New Haven, Nora Springs, Plymouth, Rock Falls, Riceville, Rockford, Rudd, St Ansgar, Stacyville or McIntire, IA. All applications will be reviewed at the first board meeting of each new quarter. The Board of Directors reviews each application individually and determines whether funds are available in that quarter for distribution to the applicants. Completed applications may be submitted at anytime during the year.


OmniTel Communications Charity Grant Criterion:
Civic Organizations – maximum $1,000 per each request
Non-civic Organizations – maximum $500 per each request
School Activities and Summer Youth Programs – maximum $250 per each request


There are two Charity Grant forms–one for requests under $100, the other for requests for over $100. There is a $1000 maximum for any one request, (please note Charity Grant Criterion above).

To apply for a Charity Grant under $100 please click here to fill out and submit the form.


To apply for a Charity Grant over $100 up to a maximum of $1000 (please note Charity Grant Criterion above) click here to fill out and submit the form.


Applicants will be notified after the review of all applications for the quarter they were filed. If you have applied for a grant and did not receive funds, you may reapply at anytime the following year.


If you have any questions about our Charity Grant program, please feel free to give us a call at 749-2531 or 1-877-OmniTel (Toll-free).

Under $100 Charity Grant Request

Over $100 Charity Grant Request

Other Grants and Scholarships

FRED (Foundation for Rural Education and Development) Scholarships & Grants

(FRED) is a charitable foundation affiliated with the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) of which OmniTel is a long-standing member.


FRED’s mission is to sponsor programs and activities that improve the educational, social and economic conditions of rural areas. Descriptions of available scholarships and grants are listed below. All applications must be submitted by OmniTel Communications. For more information and applications, visit the FRED website at or contact Ronnie Pitzen at 749-2531 or e-mail



Each year, the Foundation for Rural Education and Development awards scholarships to rural America’s best and brightest students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are funded by the FRED Scholarship Endowment and by donations to the FRED Annual Giving Campaign. Scholarship Applications are available in October and due towards the end of January. To see if you or a student you know are eligible go to


Technology Grants

Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants are funded by a donation from Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC) and strive to help public schools in rural areas served by OPASTCO members bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the information superhighway and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum.


Ethyl Grants

The Ethyl Grant program provides matching grants to OPASTCO member telephone companies that are involved with projects aimed at bettering their communities. The grants, ranging from $500 – $2,500, are awarded on a rolling basis.


Leadership Through Learning

Program aimed at providing rural students the learning opportunity of a lifetime. The Leadership Through Learning program provides a hands-on approach to education. High school juniors and seniors from across the U.S. are invited to spend an all expense-paid week in our nation’s capital to learn about government, civic affairs and telecommunications regulation.