T-Mobile Hometown Grants

Investing Big in Small Towns

T-Mobile is committing $25 million to small town grants over the next five years


Hometown Grants

Main Street America and Smart Growth America have partnered with T-Mobile
to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. With T-Mobile's Hometown Grant program, they’re investing big in small towns by awarding up to 100 towns a year with project funding—up to $50,000 each. 
T-Mobile is focusing on revitalizing community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less, and Main Street programs are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal for a town project of your choice, and if selected, use the funds to get started. For example, you could implement tech upgrades at your library, refresh a local park, or break ground on a new place where neighbors can connect. Learn more and apply here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of projects will T-Mobile fund?
The T-Mobile Hometown Grants program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your town. For example, this might include the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, or a library-- every town has places where friends and neighbors connect.

How does the T-Mobile Hometown Grant program work?
  • Grant applicants may enter at T-Mobile.com/HometownGrant
  • Small towns with populations less than 50,000 are eligible to apply.
  • Recipients are selected and awarded on a quarterly basis.
  • Grants are up to $50k per town.

Who can request a T-Mobile Hometown Grant?
We are looking for elected leaders, town managers/employees, or non-profit leaders to submit the details for their project request using the Hometown Grant application.

What should I submit during the application process?
  • Full proposal should be three (3) to five (5) pages. Should include, but is not limited to:
    • Detailed description of project to be evaluated by an internal TMO panel and nonprofit organization(s)
    • Detailed budget, including breakdown of budget line items
    • Timeline
  • “Shovel ready” plan, with:
    • Outline of expected town outcomes, demonstrating how the project or strategy will lead to the anticipated result/change
    • Details on permits needed/obtained, if applicable, to begin work upon receipt of funds
    • Any additional companies/business partnerships to be contracted for the work
  • Up to 5 letters of support from local government and/or community organizations, partners or members, demonstrating community alignment, engagement, and consensus for the proposed project.

See more answers to FAQs here.

Have additional questions? Email HometownGrant@T-Mobile.com

How to Apply

Applications will be open on a quarterly basis. Submissions for the winter round are now open and will close on Dec 31. 

Key Submission Deadlines:

Fall: Applications open July – Sept., Towns announced in Oct.
Winter: Applications open Oct. – Dec., Towns announced in Jan.

The application portal will close on the last day of each quarter and reopen for the new quarter on the first of the month.