CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Grant Program

Idaho Community Foundation (ICF)

Grant amount: Up to US $3,000

Deadline: Nov 30, 2018

Applicant type: Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Idaho: Ada County, Bannock County, Bear Lake County, Bingham County, Blaine County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Idaho: Ada County, Bannock County, Bear Lake County, Bingham County, Blaine County Expand all

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CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program

Eight classrooms will be selected to participate, and will be given $3,000 to distribute to local nonprofits impacting their community.

About the Program

The CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program was established by CenturyLink in 2012 to increase awareness among Idaho middle/junior high school students of the various needs in their communities, create a lifelong interest in volunteerism and community involvement, develop skills to allocate limited resources, and increase civic engagement. 

The sixth round of the Program will allow up to eight middle/junior high school classes in Idaho and southeastern Oregon to determine how to distribute up to $3,000 each to up to three nonprofit organizations impacting their particular community. CenturyLink has partnered with the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) to manage the Program, including collecting applications from interested schools and dispersing grants to the selected nonprofit organizations. 

Participant Requirements

If selected, classes must agree to adhere to the following minimum Program requirements, although teachers may add additional elements to their project such as field trips, volunteering, etc.

  • Each student (individually or as a small group) must research a 501(c)3 designated nonprofit organization (non-religious) that serves a need in their local community
  • Each student/group must prepare a written summary of the nonprofit, the needs it addresses, the history of the nonprofit, number of people assisted annually, etc.
  • Each student/group must present an oral argument/presentation to act as an advocate for their selected nonprofit
  • The class must determine how to allocate the approximately $3000 between up to three of the various organizations; e.g. the entire $3000 to one nonprofit, $1000 each to 3 separate nonprofits, or any other combination. The only caveat is that $500 is the minimum contribution that can be made to a single nonprofit.
  • Once the allocations are determined by the students, and approved by CenturyLink as meeting the requirements of the program, the selected nonprofit(s) will be invited by the students to a presentation at the school along with a representative of CenturyLink, so the students can present their donation, as well as discuss their decision-making process and what they learned from this project.
  • The project must be comppleted and the presentation must take place before the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible participants include Idaho and southeastern Oregon middle/junior high school classes located within communities served by CenturyLink.
    • This includes American Falls, Bancroft, Bellevue, Blackfoot, Bliss, Boise, Bruneau, Burley, Buhl, Caldwell, Castleford, Cottonwood, Craigmont, Culdesac, Declo, Downey, Dayton, Dietrich, Eagle, Eden, Emmett, Franklin, Firth, Gooding, Glenns Ferry, Grace, Grangeville, Grandview, Grasmere, Greenleaf, Hailey, Hagerman, Hammett, Hansen, Hazelton, Heyburn, Idaho City, Idaho Falls, Inkom, Jerome, Kamiah, Kimberly, Ketchum, Kooskia, Kuna, Lapwai, Lava Hot Springs, Lewisville, Leadore, Lewiston, Menan, McCammon, Middleton, Melba, Meridian, Murtaugh, Mountain Home, Montpelier, Murphy, Nampa, New Plymouth, Nez Perce, North Fork, Notus, Picabo, Payette, Placerville, Pocatello, Preston, Richfield, Riddle, Roberts, Rigby, Ririe, Riverside, Rexburg, Salmon, Soda Springs, Shelley, Shoshone, Star, Sugar City, Sun Valley, Thatcher, Twin Falls, Winchester, Weiser and Wendell, Idaho; and Ontario, Nyssa and Vale, Oregon.

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