Please Note: As of January 2013, all applications are considered on an invitation-only basis. To see if you are eligible to apply, please contact your local Community Relations Manager
The Verizon Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and giving back to communities. Specifically, we focus on:
- Energy Management
Eligible organizations seeking grants must be prepared to track and report specific results that demonstrate measurable human impact.
Please note as of 2012, Impact reporting has been changed. Impact reports will now be sent out every three months after you receive your initial grant payment and continue through the end of your grant agreement.
Please Note: As of January 2013, all applications are considered on an invitation-only basis. To see if you are eligible to apply, please contact your Community Relations Manager
As a matter of policy, the Verizon Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin or physical disability. As a company with a highly diverse workforce serving an equally diverse set of customers, Verizon through its Foundation, supports a wide range of programs through direct and matching grants that benefit diverse communities, including minorities, veterans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender and others. The Verizon Foundation expects all of its grant recipients to comply with all applicable laws, including those governing tax-exempt status and non-discrimination laws.
Furthermore, all organizations must:
- Not duplicate or significantly overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state or local level.
- Keep books available for regular independent outside audit and make the results available to all potential contributors.
- Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting.
- Observe the highest standards of business conduct in its relationships with the public.
To be considered for an invitation, an organization must be:
Classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code AND are further classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1)-509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as follows:
Section 509(a)(1) – Organizations described in section 170(b)(1)(A) clauses (i) – (vi):
- 170(b)(1)(A)(i) - Church, provided that the grant will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community.
- 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) – School.
- 170(b)(1)(A)(iii) - Hospital or medical research organization.
- 170(b)(1)(A)(iv) - Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit.
- 170(b)(1)(A)(v) - Governmental unit.
- 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) - Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.
- Section 509(a)(2) - Organizations that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.
- Section 509(a)(3) - Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in the previous seven items.
- Section 509(a)(1) – Organizations described in section 170(b)(1)(A) clauses (i) – (vi):
- An elementary or secondary school (public or private) registered with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), providing that the grant is not for the sponsorship of a field trip.
Verizon Foundation grant funding is intended to support, among other things, projects that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”), including, for example, summer or after school programs, teacher training, and research on improving learning in STEM areas through use of technology. However, public, charter, and private K-12 schools, as well as libraries, may not use Foundation grant funding to purchase technology (e.g., software or hardware, including mobile devices and computers) or telecommunications services (e.g., voice services or Internet access).
Applications submitted to the Verizon Foundation for consideration should abide by the following guidelines:
- Grant funds may not be used for real property or plant capital purchases.
At least 85% of the total grant funds must be comprised of direct costs (costs that are directly attributable to the project.)
Accordingly, indirect costs must be no more than 10-15% of the total grant funds.
(See grant application for further details on classifying direct vs. indirect costs.)
- Accordingly, indirect costs must be no more than 10-15% of the total grant funds.
- IT-related purchases (Hardware and Software) should total no more than 20% of the grant’s total direct costs.
Any applications that do not meet these guidelines will require detailed justification and involve an exception approval to be considered.
Is your organization an eligible 501(c)(3) or NCES District or School (please enter your NCES District and/or School code)?
The Verizon Foundation does not provide funding for any of the following:
- Private charity or foundation.
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and not eligible for tax-deductible support.
- Religious organizations, unless the particular program will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community.
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns.
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation.
- Endowments or capital campaigns.
- Sports sponsorships.
- Performing arts tours.
- Association memberships.
- Organizations that have received a grant from the Verizon Foundation in the last three consecutive years - organization may reapply after a one-year hiatus.
Due to federal regulations we cannot give cash grants intended for the payment of Verizon Products or Services.
Does Verizon Foundation provide support to private foundations?
No, Verizon Foundation does not fund private foundations - only tax exempt IRS qualified 501(c)(3) public charities.
How do I qualify for a grant from the Verizon Foundation?
Verizon Foundation provides support to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations within the United States. The Foundation supports the following funding priorities: education, healthcare and energy management.
- I have a application for the Verizon Foundation, where can I send it and to whom?
Before I apply online, I would like to receive a copy of the application form. How can I get a copy?
Before you get started on your application to the Verizon Foundation, you may print a copy of the application by using our Event / Sponsorship Grant example form, or our Competitive Grant example form. If you would like to print the guidelines and helpful hints & suggestions, just go to our Overview or Eligibility Requirements page and print.
When will I be contacted about the status of my grant request? How do I know you received my application?
After you have completed your online application and selected "Send," you will receive an e-mail notifying you that the application has been received. In addition, you will be contacted by the Community Affairs manager handling your grant request. A final decision may or may not be made at this time. Additional follow-up, assessment or evaluation may be required.
- How can I improve my chances of receiving a grant from the Verizon Foundation?
How much does the Verizon Foundation give each year?
In 2011, the Verizon Foundation managed distributions totaling $66 million nationwide. Last year, the Verizon Foundation received more than 20,000 grant requests from nonprofits organizations. The Foundation is one of the country's largest corporate philanthropic contributors.
May I apply for a grant for a specific project on behalf of another organization, which does not have a 501(c)(3)? The current status of my 501(c)(3) is pending, do I qualify?
No. Unless the nonprofit is a tax exempt IRS qualified 501(c)(3) public charity, it is not eligible.
Will my nonprofit receive the amount requested?
Many aspects of your application are taken into consideration, including your organization's mission and goals, leadership, vision and strategy, financials, budget versus amount requested and how your dollars are invested within the communities you serve.
What is the range in size of Verizon Foundation grants?
The Verizon Foundation does not have a range for grant amounts. Many factors, including the specific program or project to be funded and the organization making the request, determine funding amounts. Based on the past several years, the average grant size ranged between $5,000 and $10,000. Before allocating funding, the Verizon Foundation takes into consideration many aspects of your application, including your organization's mission, leadership, vision, strategy, financials and budget requested and how your dollars are invested within the communities you serve.
I received a cash grant from Verizon earlier this year. Am I eligible to receive a grant from Verizon Foundation for a different project?
The Verizon Foundation provides one cash grant per calendar year to eligible nonprofit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from the Verizon Foundation in the last three consecutive years, may reapply after a one-year hiatus.
Does the Verizon Foundation sponsor film, music, TV or media productions?
No. The Verizon Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on healthcare, education, and energy management. To find out more about which organizations are eligible and which are not, please go to the Grant Overview and Eligibility Requirements section of this website.
Do you only provide cash grants?
In addition to providing grants, the Verizon Foundation may also be able to assist in providing volunteers for your nonprofit organization. If your nonprofit organization has needs for volunteers to boost your ability to help your community, please send a request for volunteers online.
I am a nonprofit organization and in need of volunteers for a program we are working on. Can the Verizon Foundation assist?
Nonprofit organizations interested in partnering with the Foundation and looking for volunteers send a request for volunteers online and apply for volunteer support from Verizon Foundation.