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Larned nominees awarded Golden Belt Telephone FRS grants
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Larned’s Jordaan Memorial Library was one of the three recipient organizations to win Foundation for Rural Service grants through Golden Belt Telephone of Rush Center.

RUSH CENTER — Golden Belt Telephone is proud to announce the results of the seven applications nominated for the Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program last fall. FRS recently awarded $100,000 via 26 grants to advance quality of life and enable economic development in rural America. Out of 90 nation-wide applications, three nominees from GBT were selected. 

“The Foundation for Rural Service is so humbled by the work of our grant awardees,” said FRS Executive Director Pam Becker. “It is an honor to hear their stories of collaboration with and dedication to the communities they serve. We are grateful for their hard work, the amazing telcos that endorsed them, and our generous donors that contribute to the grant program.”

Kara Jecha, GBT Economic Development Specialist, stated “I was blessed to work with each applicant to fine-tune the applications prior to submission. GBT is invested in the economic development of our area, not only by directing that focus in my job, but also by providing financial support to help fund this wonderful grant program!”

GBT serves the area with a complete range of communication services, including broadband, telephone, wireless phone, Computer/IT, and streaming cable. They are headquartered in Rush Center, Kansas, with satellite offices in Larned, St. John, Ellis, and Ness City.

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The City of Larned EMS also received a grant from Golden Belt Telephone through the Foundation for Rural Service. The organization gave away $100,000 in grants for the advancement of quality of Life in 2019.