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T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program Reaches 150 Winners

December 15, 2022 | T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program Reaches 150 Winners | By: Liz Shenk, Manager of Marketing & Outreach at Main Street America | 

T-Mobile just revealed the names of 25 more American small towns that will receive Hometown Grants to jumpstart vital community projects. Created to help local communities move forward on projects that build on the strengths that have always made them great places to live and work, Hometown Grants are inspired by the unique sense of place and deep pride that is so much a part of every small town.

The latest 25 recipients follow 125 others that have been announced since Hometown Grants began in April 2021. The program has reached more than 200,000 people across 150 towns, creating 12,000 volunteer hours, 62 completed projects and 40 jobs. And with the Un-carrier announcing its latest 25 recipients to bring the total to 150, it’s not even halfway into T-Mobile’s five-year, $25 million initiative that launched in April 2021 to support small towns across America through funding community projects.

T-Mobile works with Main Street America and Smart Growth America to select Hometown Grant recipients. These two organizations have decades of experience helping to build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. Application assessments are based on level of detail and completeness, potential community impact, project viability and other factors.

“The T-Mobile Hometown Grant program has made a massive impact in small towns and rural communities across the country,” said Main Street America Interim CEO Hannah White. “Grantees have renovated historic spaces, built new playgrounds and parks, and spurred innovative placemaking projects that are bringing community members together in new and meaningful ways. We are thrilled to partner with T-Mobile and Smart Growth America to continue this important work in places that are too-often overlooked.”

These are the next 25 Hometown Grant winners and their projects:

*Atmore, Ala.: Create a pollinator garden and farmer’s market space on downtown Mainstreet to inspire environmental economic development and promote community gathering.
*Safford, Ariz.: Complete Safford Theatre renovations to be an economic driver as a movie, performing arts and concert destination in downtown Safford.
Farmersville, Calif.: Install new bleachers at Veteran's Park to continue supporting community gathering for various youth sports.
Strasburg, Colo.: Build Community Park East, a new recreational hub to support inclusive outdoor wellness for the city, area schools and surrounding communities along the Corridor.
*Fort Pierce, Fla.: Create an outdoor urban market and event space, which includes a library, co-working spaces, and resources for entrepreneurs and residents in the Lincoln Park Community.
Lake Placid, Fla.: Transform a vacant, unused space into a demonstration garden aimed to teach the community environmental stewardship and agribusiness skills to fulfill food insecurity within the area.
*Cedartown, Ga.: Build Goodyear Skate Park to serve as a positive recreational outlet for youth in the area and added attraction to Goodyear Park's Phase II development of additional soccer fields, walking trail and parking area.
Storm Lake, Iowa: Revitalize an unused courtyard into Harmony Garden, a park with inclusive sensory learning and musical instruments for the community to enjoy.
*Sterling, Ill.: Create the Shoppes at Grandon Plaza, a retail incubator space for local entrepreneurs to test and develop valuable business skills and increase economic growth downtown.
*Kendallville, Ind.: Launch a business incubator and affordable co-working space to support the small business community with necessary tools and resources to drive growth within the community.
Absarokee, Mont.: Revitalize the Absarokee Library, a vital gathering space for the community, after wildfires and flooding devastated the area and damaged the building.
Elizabethtown, N.C.: Transform the Cape Fear Farmers Market space, including a covered stage for events, information center and local murals to support small businesses and promote family gathering.
Princeville, N.C.: Build the Princeville Farmer's Market space at Heritage Park to provide the community with direct access to local and healthy food options and support small businesses.
Claremont, N.H.: Transform a vacant historic building into the Claremont Creative Center, a multi-use space for art exhibitions, performances, teaching visual and performing arts.
Bound Brook, N.J.: Build a soccer field, including sports performance, wellness and nutrition resources, to provide affordable and vital access to sports programs for youth and adults in the community.
*Burlington, N.J.: Create a community marketplace including a grocery store, restaurant, community classroom, garden and juice bar to address food insecurity within the community.
Española, N.M.: Restore water fountains at the Plaza de Española, a historic and cultural hub for economic development and community events.
Akwesasne, N.Y.: Install Haudenosaunee Smoke Dancer sculptures in the newly developed Sken:nen Park along the St. Regis River to pay tribute to the community’s cultural heritage.
Shawnee, Okla.: Transform a vacant lot into a community parklet and garden, to support South Central Industries community revitalization initiatives and improve the quality of life within the community.
*Easton, Penn.: Transform Centre Square’s inner alley streets, including walkability and beautification upgrades to sidewalks, street lighting, planters, seating and murals to provide a pedestrian-friendly area for the community to gather.
*Florence, S.C.: Create the North Dargan Street Mural Pocket Park, a vibrant public space aimed to increase community gathering and redevelopment opportunities in the northern end of the Downtown Florence Historic District.
Pendleton, S.C.: Renovate the historic Pendleton Community Center, including updates to electrical, flooring and walls to preserve the building’s history and continue to be a vital resource and space for the community.
Cleveland, Texas: T.U.F.F. Kids to transform an unused masonic lodge into the Cleveland Youth Center, aimed to provide technology, college and career preparation tools and resources for youth.
New Richmond, Wis.: Build the Freedom Park Center, a massive community space for veterans and families to gather for events, recreational activities and health and wellness services.
*Charleston, W.V.: Revitalize the YWCA Charleston Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion into a state-of-the-art facility to increase awareness and available resources to the community.

*Main Street America Member Community

T-Mobile awards Hometown Grants each quarter for up to 25 towns with a population of less than 50,000 people. Anyone with a vision for how to make their community even stronger than it is today can apply. The current application closes on Saturday, December 31 and the next application period opens on Tuesday, January 3. For more information or to apply, click here.