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FOCUS Broadband Grants for Education

As a cooperative, FOCUS Broadband is dedicated to helping improve the communities we serve. Each year, FOCUS Broadband awards $40,000 to educators that are making a difference in the lives of students in our area through our Smart Connections Grant Program. We’ve awarded more than $925,000 in community and education grants since the program’s inception in 2006.

Applications for the 2023 grant program are being accepted now through February 28th, 2023. For more information regarding the grants program, call 910-755-1677.


Read Guidelines, Criteria & Exclusions


  • Smart Connections grants must directly benefit residents in areas served by FOCUS Broadband.
  • Maximum request is $2,500.
  • Funds are disbursed for single-use and must be expended within one year of receipt.
  • Grants are open to nonprofit/educational organizations or educators in FOCUS Broadband’s service area or one in another county offering a program benefiting local residents. 100% of the funds must be used to benefit residents in FOCUS Broadband's service area.
  • An organization may apply once per 12-month period.


Grant funds will not be available for the following: religious organizations or activities, political organizations or activities, capital campaigns, individuals, beauty pageants, scholarships; advertising, fraternal organizations, sponsorship of fund-raising events (such as raffles, auctions, walk-a-thons or telethons); general operating funds, payments to individuals for services, endowments and labor organizations. In addition, grants will not be issued to groups or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability or status as a protected veteran.


Inquiries regarding the FOCUS Broadband Education Grant should be directed to:
FOCUS Broadband Grants
PO Box 3198
Shallotte, NC 28459

2022 Education Grant Recipients

Acme Delco Elementary (Marcie Oram)
Bolivia Elementary (Polly Whitesides)
Bolivia Elementary – Day Treatment Program (Kirsten Crook)
Brunswick County Early College High School (Ben Ford)
Brunswick County Early College High School (Joel Elliott and Kathrine Weeks)
Cedar Grove Middle School (Caroline Griffin)
Chadbourn Elementary (Gwendolyn Dixon Best)
Chadbourn Elementary (Sheila Spaulding)
The COAST (Ashanda Grissett)
Nakina Middle School (Clay Reeves and Alyssa Nelson)
North Brunswick High School (Kaitlin Dvorak)
North Brunswick High School (Amy Silvey)

Shallotte Middle School (Stacie Mann)
South Brunswick High School (Nan Sellers)
Supply Elementary School (Jennifer Kuhnemann)
Town Creek Elementary School (Evoria Daniels)
Town Creek Middle School (Megan Panebianco)
Tabor City Middle School (Lisa Lennon)
Union Elementary (Wendy Robertson)
Union Elementary (Lauren Bowles)
Waccamaw School (Terra McGuire, Robin Russ, and Michelle Ransom)
West Brunswick High School (Mary Evans)
West Brunswick High School (Dr. Lori Rose)



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