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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. For more information regarding the grants program, call 910-755-1885.

The application window is now closed. Applications for the 2025 grant program will reopen later this year.

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

2023 Education Grant Recipients

Bolivia Elementary (Elizabeth Schmidt)
Chadbourn Elementary School (Telisa Taylor Carter)
East Robeson Primary School (Philippe John Sipacio)
Hallboro Artesia Elementary School (Karen Johnson)
Leland Middle School (Shawn Black)
Lumberton Jr. High School (Silvia Guajardo Aragues)
Nakina Middle School (Kristen Wall & Clay Reaves)
North Brunswick High School (Gray Connelly)
South Brunswick Middle School (Sarah Oja)
South Brunswick High School (Savannah Bath & Mario Lawrence)

Supply Elementary School (Tammy Brown)
Topsail Middle School (Jessica Roman)
Town Creek Elementary School (Katie DeAnda)
Union Elementary (Michelle Testa)
Waccamaw School (Crystal Walker)
West Brunswick High School (Jessie Mahoney)
West Brunswick High School (Kelly Long)
West Brunswick High School (Aleen Moore)
Williams Township School (Wendell Duncan & Toni Stocks)



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