Networks provides potential funding sources to help centers develop
and improve programs and services. Featured this week is the CenturyTel
Clarke M. Williams Charitable Foundation.
is a leading provider of communications, high-speed Internet, and
entertainment services in small- to-mid-size cities through its
broadband and fiber transport networks. CenturyTel delivers advanced
communications to customers in 25 states.
Areas: The CenturyTel Clarke M. Williams Charitable Foundation
was established by CenturyTel with the fundamental belief that companies
have an obligation to improve the quality of life where they do
business. The focus of the CenturyTel Clarke M. Williams Charitable
Foundation is to fund programs that operate in the following areas:
||Substance-abuse prevention. |
||Disaster relief. |
CenturyTel Clarke M. Williams Charitable Foundation supports programs
in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee,
Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Area: Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Only proposals from eligible tax-exempt organizations in certain
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501(c)(3) subsections will be considered.
||The organization must be based in a CenturyTel
service area and/or serve residents of a CenturyTel service
||The services of the organization should not duplicate
or significantly overlap the work of government agencies on
the federal, state, or local level. |
||The organization must make records available
for regular annual independent outside audit and make the results
available to potential contributors.|
||The organization must comply with applicable
laws regarding registration and reporting. |
||The organization's mission (and the project the
requested funds will be used for) must support one of the five
focus areas identified above and benefit residents of a CenturyTel
service area. |
the most part, only public charitable organizations operating in
CenturyTel communities will be eligible to receive grants. CenturyTel
will not make grants to:
||National or regional organizations, unless their
programs address specific local community needs.|
||Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose
is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets.|
||Projects of schools that fall under regular school
||Political campaigns, candidates, causes, or organizations;
political action; or legislative advocacy groups. |
||Organizations located in or benefiting nations
other than the United States.|
||Any person or organization to which the donation
of monies would directly benefit CenturyTel.|
||General operating expenses or non-specific projects
normally funded by federal, state, and local governments, and
by agencies such as the United Way. |
||Sports, athletics, or other extracurricular activities.
Amount: Award amounts vary.
Process: The foundation uses an online grant application form,
which will be available on the CenturyTel Clarke M. Williams Charitable
Foundation Web site on June 1, 2009. Grant applications received
by October 31 will be reviewed and grant requests will be fulfilled
in the first quarter of 2010. The CenturyTel Clarke M. Williams
Charitable Foundation secretary will notify the appropriate CenturyTel
public relations manager when their area is selected for a grant.
October 31, 2009. The foundation will begin accepting grant applications
on June 1, 2009.
For more information on the foundation and the application process,
Clarke M. Williams Charitable Foundation
Phone: (318) 388-9500