BELLEVUE, WA / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2022 / The Un-Carrier’s commitment to small towns adds up on a grand scale. T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is announcing its final 25 Hometown Grant recipients to bring the total to 150, and it’s not even halfway through T-Mobile’s five-year, $25 million initiative, which is in Launched on April 1, 2021 to support small towns across America by funding community projects. But already, the results are paying dividends to recipients across the country, where projects include revitalized parks, small business incubators, sustainability programs, building renovations, community arts efforts and ADA play structures.
“Hometown grants really make a difference in small towns,” said Jon Freier, president of Consumer Group at T-Mobile. “In addition to the $6.8 million we have provided to our 150 grantees to date, we have also seen $2 million in matching funding from other local resources, which is tremendous. It’s humbling to see how T-Mobile is creating a positive sustainability impact on communities both through our grant funding and giving back to small businesses across the country.”
These are the next 25 Hometown Grant winners and their projects:
- Atmore, Ala. Create a pollinator garden and farmers market on downtown Mainstreet to inspire ecological economic development and encourage community coming together.
- Safford, Arizona: Complete the renovation of the Safford Theater to become an economic engine as a film, performing arts and concert destination in downtown Safford.
- Farmersville, California: Install new grandstands in Veteran’s Park to continue to support community gatherings for various youth sports.
- Strasbourg, Colorado: Construction of a new 10-acre community park led by The Strasburg Metro Parks & Recreation District that will connect the local schools and recreation area and serve as a community center to bring inclusive outdoor wellness to the city, area schools and surrounding communities to support the I-70 corridor.
- Fort Pierce, Florida: Create an urban marketplace and outdoor event space that includes a library, co-working spaces, and resources for entrepreneurs and residents in the Lincoln Park community.
- Lake Placid, Florida: Transform a vacant, unused space into a demonstration garden that aims to educate the community about environmental stewardship and farming skills to help eliminate food insecurity in the region.
- Cedartown, Georgia: Construction of the Goodyear Skate Park as a positive recreational activity for the area’s youth and as an additional attraction to the Phase II development of Goodyear Park with additional soccer fields, walking trails and parking lots.
- Storm Lake, Iowa: Create Harmony Garden, a welcoming gathering place for all inner-city residents, with outdoor musical instruments representing multiple cultures, as well as accessible seating, game tables, covered areas, and outdoor electronics charging options.
- Sterling, IL: Build the Shoppes at Grandon Plaza, a retail incubator for local entrepreneurs to test and develop valuable business skills and boost downtown economic growth.
- Kendallville, Ind.: Open a business incubator and affordable co-working space to support the small business community with the tools and resources needed to drive growth within the community.
- Absarokee, Mont.: Revitalize the Absarokee Library, a key local gathering place after wildfires and flooding devastated the community.
- Elizabethtown, NC: Transform the Cape Fear Farmers Market, including a covered stage for events, information center and local murals, to support small businesses and encourage family gatherings.
- Princeville, NC: Build the Princeville Farmer’s Market at Heritage Park to give the community direct access to local and healthy food options and to support small businesses.
- Claremont, New Hampshire: Transform a vacant historic building into the Claremont Creative Center, a multipurpose space for art exhibitions, performances, visual and performing arts classes.
- Bound Brook, NJ: Build a soccer field including sports performance, wellness and nutritional resources to provide affordable and vital access to sports programming for youth and adults in the community.
- Burlington, NJ: Create a community marketplace with a grocery store, restaurant, classroom, garden, and juice bar to help address neighborhood food insecurity.
- Spanish, NM: Restore water fountains in Plaza de Española, a historical and cultural center for economic development and community events.
- Akwesasne, New York: Install Haudenosaunee Smoke Dancer sculptures in newly developed Skén:nen Park along the St. Regis River to pay tribute to the community’s cultural heritage.
- Shawnee, Okla.: Convert a vacant lot into a community park and garden to support South Central Industries community revitalization initiatives and improve the quality of life in the community.
- Easton, PA: Transform Center Square’s inner alleys, including walkability improvements and beautification of sidewalks, streetlights, planters, seating, and murals to create a pedestrian-friendly area for the community.
- Florence, SC: Create the North Dargan Street Mural Pocket Park, a vibrant public space aimed at enhancing community gathering and regeneration opportunities at the north end of the historic district in downtown Florence.
- Pendleton, SC: Renovate the historic Pendleton Community Center, including electrical, floor and wall upgrades to preserve the building’s history and continue to be an important resource and place for the community.
- Cleveland, Texas: Convert an underutilized Masonic Lodge into the Cleveland Youth Center, run by TUFF Kids, aiming to provide technology, college and career preparation tools and resources for youth.
- New Richmond, WI: Build VFW Post 10818’s Freedom Park Center, a new facility that will provide health, wellness and recreation services to veterans, seniors, youth and the broader St. Croix County community.
- Charleston, WV: Revitalize the YWCA Charleston Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion into a state-of-the-art facility to increase awareness and available resources for the community.
T-Mobile works with Main Street America and Smart Growth America to select Hometown Grant recipients. These two organizations have decades of experience helping build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. Application evaluations are based on level of detail and completeness, potential community impact, feasibility of the project, and other factors.
“The T-Mobile Hometown Grant program is having a massive impact in small town and rural communities across the country,” said Hannah White, interim CEO of Main Street America. “Grantees have renovated historic spaces, built new playgrounds and parks, and spurred innovative placemaking projects that bring community members together in new and meaningful ways. We’re thrilled to be working with T-Mobile and Smart Growth America to continue this important work in places too often overlooked.”
“Smart Growth America welcomes T-Mobile’s investments in each of the 25 cities selected for T-Mobile funding,” said Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America. “Working in these communities reflects a commitment to supporting small businesses, investing in historic downtown areas and creating vibrant gathering spaces.”
Quarterly, T-Mobile awards hometown grants to up to 25 cities with populations under 50,000. Anyone who has a vision of how to make their community even stronger than it is today can apply.
Commitment to rural America
Hometown Grants are part of the Un carrier’s massive 5-year commitment, announced in April 2021, to bring 5G to rural America, open hundreds of new stores and support small-town economic development by providing $25 million .
Along with amazing deals on plans and new devices, the Un carrier launched Home Internet last year. With T-Mobile, more than 40 million homes – a third of them in rural America – are entitled to 5G home internet.
For detailed information on how to submit a Hometown Grant proposal, visit https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/hometown-grants.
For more information on past Hometown Grant recipients, visit the T-Mobile Newsroom here, here, and here.
For more information on T-Mobile’s commitment to small towns, visit T-Mobile.com/AcrossAmerica.
Follow the official T-Mobile Twitter newsroom @TMobileNews to keep up with the latest company news.
Check out additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from T-Mobile at 3blmedia.com.
E-mail: [email protected]
SOURCE: T Mobile