Pioneer Connect is now accepting applications for its Community Grant program. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Projects seen as vital to the Philomath community and located in the Pioneer Connect service area are eligible to apply for a community grant of up to $5,000, the broadband service provider announced.

The grants are made available through a partnership between Pioneer Connect and The Foundation for Rural Service.

According to organizers, the program “identifies and supports vital projects that build and sustain a high quality of life in communities from the Mid-Willamette Valley to the Central Oregon Coast.”

The four eligible categories include business and economic development, community development, education and telecommunications applications.

Applicants can submit grant requests up to $5,000. Ten percent of the total grant will come from Pioneer Connect, which will be the applicant’s sponsor in coordination with The Foundation for Rural Service.

Applications must be received by Pioneer before Aug. 22. Awardees will be announced late this year.

“This program allows community projects to receive vital funding and appreciation on a national stage, especially as the pandemic has reshaped and altered day-to-day life,” organizers said in a press release. “As our communities strive for new growth and recovery, this opportunity has never been more important.”

For more information and to apply, go online to