FairPoint Communications on May 22 unveiled FairPoint Connected Communities, a program recognizing nonprofit organizations dedicated to connecting and serving Maine residents and communities. Three nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive $16,000 each and a technology package valued at up to $1,000. Applications are being accepted through June 16.

FairPoint Communications invites any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Maine to apply to be one of three FairPoint Connected Communities recipients. The application, which can be found at fairpoint.com/connectedcommunities/apply requires a short narrative on how the organization connects people and improves the lives of residents within their communities, and how use of the internet contributes to their mission.

Each selected nonprofit organization will receive $16,000 and a customized technology package valued at up to $1,000 to help advance its charitable mission. FairPoint Communications will announce the winners in early July and visit each organization to present the awards throughout the summer months.