Twin Lakes FRS Grant

Posted: February 3, 2023

Twin Lakes Difference Grant provides $100,000 to local organizations

Submitted by Twin Lakes

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities, Twin Lakes, in conjunction with the Foundation for Rural Service, awarded approximately $102,000 to 22 local organizations to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in the Upper Cumberland region. These organizations include schools, museums, fire departments, economic development groups and more.

Established in 2020, the Twin Lakes Difference Grant has provided over $245,000 to more than 40 local organizations seeking technology funds to improve the quality of life within the Twin Lakes serving area. Twin Lakes thanks the FRS for its time and efforts in assisting with the verification process of the applications.

“By providing annual funding to local organizations in need, the grant supports Twin Lakes’ vision of improving the quality of life in our region by providing our customers access to the best communication and technologies available,” Twin Lakes General Manager and CEO Jonathan West says.

The Twin Lakes Difference Grant is offered annually to support local technology efforts to build and sustain local communities. The awardees listed below aid in the communities we serve, assisting with challenges such as access to technology, improving education and supplying first-responder services. If you, or an organization you know, is interested in applying for grant funding, please contact your local Twin Lakes office for more information.

List of Awardees:

Allons Elementary School, Overton County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase a ViewSonic Board bundle and accessories to provide an interactive experience for students.

Baxter Fire Department, Putnam County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase a self-contained breathing apparatus.

Celina K-8, Clay County
Awarded $4,996 to purchase materials for coding and design, such as iPad, LEGO Education packs, Creativity Robot, learning resources, 3D printers and filament.

Celina Police Department, Clay County
Awarded $4,400 to purchase five Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and cases to update the department’s current computer system.

Cornerstone Elementary School PTO, Putnam County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase a stage curtain and riser, portable sound system, six headset microphones and two hands-free microphones for the school’s theater.

East Clay Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County
Awarded $4,955 to purchase five iPads for each firetruck with Active911, ReadyOp, Google Maps and FireNet installed on each.

Fentress County Volunteer Fire Department, Fentress County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera.

Awarded $5,000 to purchase and install a generator to keep internet communications running for emergencies during a power outage.

Granville Museum, Jackson County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase technology, such as desktop computers, programs, Synology Disk Station, 2 10TB Western Digital NAS HDD, router, extenders, etc., to digitally store existing photographs and other media in the museum.

Heart of the Cumberland, Putnam County
Awarded $4,800 to fund two training videos to be incorporated into facilitator training for school group volunteers and a database software to communicate with donors and increase visibility for the organization.

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County
Awarded $4,850 to purchase an interactive TV, iPad and keyboard case.

Jackson County Middle School, Jackson County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase five iPad minis and cases, five Kindles and Bluetooth headphones, five Spheros, camera set, greenscreen, two Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. toys, six Kindle books and 12 months of Adobe Pro for students.

Maple Grove Community Center, Clay County
Awarded $2,655 to purchase 12 months of Twin Lakes broadband service to the facility for home-schooled students to utilize and an updated PA system.

Overton County Lions Club, Overton County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase a Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener to continue eyesight tests in Overton and surrounding counties.

Stephens Center, Overton County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase five laptops and software for virtual visits with families when sick or COVID-19 exposed, training and data entry for efficiency.

Storytellers Theatre, Putnam County
Awarded $4,507 to purchase two Apple iPad Pro tablets and accessories to bring technological innovation to the performing arts company.

Taylors Crossroad Fire Departments, Overton County
Awarded $3,500 to purchase and install lights and siren on brush truck.

Timothy Fire Department, Overton County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase six Motorola XPR3500E fire radios and shoulder microphones.

Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Group, Putnam County
Awarded $3,291 to purchase cameras from Twin Lakes Security and add an additional keypad to the front door.

Upper Cumberland FCA, Putnam County
Awarded $5,000 to purchase two MacBooks, an Adobe subscription and printer services for office staff to better service the community.

Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity, Putnam County
Awarded $4,062 to purchase Twin Lakes Security for its new location — system, door sensors, panic button and labor, Repair Ninja — data pulls for phones, camera, and data, CAT 6A Plenum Cable/Keystones and wall plates.

York Institute, Fentress County
Awarded $4,972 to purchase a 3D printer and filament, and accessories for its STEM project for students.

2022 Twin Lakes Difference Community Grant Video