Ripple Effect provides direct financial assistance to cities, counties and community development partners for local community and economic development planning initiatives through matching grant funds from the independent telecommunication partners. Funds are available for planning initiatives, engineering studies, strategic planning, laborshed analyses, housing needs assessments, tourism studies and many other community planning initiatives.
Ripple Effect also provides matching loan and grant assistance to eligible telecommunication providers applying to the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program for business and community development projects in their service territories.
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Ripple Effect helped get the ball rolling in 2008 by awarding a planning grant to the Stanton Industrial Foundation to study the feasibility of building of a multi-purpose community center in the small southwest Iowa town of Stanton (population 664).
The Sacred Heart School in Templeton, Iowa was built in 1963 and closed in 2003 when the Holy Trinity School system was merged into the Kuemper Catholic School System in Carroll.