Community First

At FairPoint, we are passionate about improving the quality of life where we live and work. FairPoint Communications supports our communities by fostering economic development; expanding technology initiatives; supporting health and wellness programs; and investing in youth education initiatives.

We are pleased to partner with our communities, customers and employees in strengthening the bonds that build our neighborhoods and enrich our lives.

What we fund:

In reviewing proposals, we look for projects that: 

  • Meet well-defined community needs in FairPoint’s community focus areas
  • Support organizations or people within FairPoint’s service area, especially FairPoint customers
  • Use data to define needs and measure impact.
  • Use numbers whenever possible, i.e. % of growth in a program, # of clients of donors, etc.
  • Set goals for the program or organization and measure results against those goals
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration
  • Promote community involvement
  • Build on programs that have proven successful elsewhere or provide new models or approache
  • Help nonprofit organizations operate more efficiently
  • Are led or supported by our customers and employees

What we do not fund:

We do not generally make grants for endowments, operating expenses (with the exception of a one-time initial planning expense), religious purposes, labor and fraternal groups, debt reduction or work that has already been completed. Additionally, we do not make grants to individuals, daycare facilities or school trips. Finally, we do not make grants to organizations that discriminate in any way on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

How much to ask for:

Requests for support should be appropriate to the project, reflect realistic expectations and show diverse funding sources. Our grants vary in size, but the majority of the grants awarded are less than $5,000. We may only fund a percentage of a total amount requested. A grant request foring $5,000 may be funded at the $3,000 level. It helps if you can suggest a second choice for your funding amount.

When to apply:

FairPoint is well-known for its philanthropic efforts and we receive many requests every day. It’s important that you apply as early as possible to ensure your request can be reviewed and approved in time to meet your needs. This lead time also allows us to create any materials required to support or promote an activity. We can also notify our employees so they may choose to participate if they desire. We make very few exceptions to this process due to the volume of requests and available resources.

Requests for $1,000 or more are reviewed quarterly. You will be notified about your request at the end of each quarter (March, June, September or December).

We review requests for less than $1,000 every six weeks. We will notify you of the status of your request at the end of the six-week period during which it was submitted.

If you haven't heard from us, please check to make sure the appropriate review time has elapsed before contacting us.