Sparklight will open applications for the company’s fall 2023  Charitable Giving Fund, which annually awards $250,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, from Oct. 1-31.

The fund is used to support a variety of initiatives and programs, including STEM education in local schools; vocational and life skills training for persons with disabilities; capital campaign support for social services; and programs advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children, families in need, and the homeless.

Grants will be made available across communities served by Sparklight and the other Cable One family of brands (Fidelity Communications, Hargray and ValuNet Fiber) and will concentrate support in the following priority areas:

  • Education and digital literacy
  • Hunger relief and food insecurity
  • Community development

Last year, the company awarded grants to nearly 60 nonprofits, including St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho, which received $5,000 in June.

The company generally distributes funding in May and November each year to nonprofit organizations or governmental units that advance social progress. Sparklight encourages organizations that serve their communities to apply for funding for special projects, facilities improvements, programs and equipment. Funding is not intended to cover normal operating costs.

“We are committed to helping strengthen the cities and towns where we live and work by giving back to the local nonprofits who do so much to support our communities,” said Julie Laulis, Cable One president and CEO.