CenterPoint Energy Corporate Giving

CenterPoint Energy

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: May 31, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Arkansas: Arkansas County, Ashley County, Bradley County, Calhoun County, Chicot County Show all

Location of residency: Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma Show all

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Overview:

Charitable Contributions - Purpose

CenterPoint Energy has demonstrated its commitment to civic and social responsibility since 1866. Although our business has evolved and the needs of the communities the company serves have changed over the years, our basic commitment to community prosperity continues.

At CenterPoint Energy, we believe we have a responsibility to invest in the communities we serve. Through our outreach efforts, we lend support to educational, civic, social and environmental initiatives that enhance the quality of life for our customers and the community as a whole. In the true spirit of diversity, we work with groups from many different backgrounds, tailoring our relationships and or assistance to meet their needs whenever possible.

CenterPoint Energy’s Community Relations initiatives encompass three main objectives:

  • Building relationships with the communities we serve and reaching out to our customers as a caring neighbor;
  • Showing our commitment through corporate sponsorships of community events and financial contributions to charities, civic organizations, educational programs and community/economic development initiatives; and
  • Actively promoting volunteer service among our employees/retirees and demonstrating as a team that we make a difference.

Focus Areas

While we recognize there are many important issues facing our communities today, CenterPoint Energy focuses on the three key areas listed below to achieve more effective results. Specifically, we are committed to working in partnership with nonprofit organizations located within and/or serving communities within our service area to fund:

Education

We support education initiatives that strengthen the education process, improve student learning, broaden educational opportunity and increase the potential for each student to succeed. CenterPoint Energy's commitment to providing educational opportunities is demonstrated through contributions that focus on preparing individuals to become productive employees, knowledgeable customers and responsible citizens. Our contributions fund efforts that support literacy, school readiness, at-risk students, teacher preparation, parental involvement, minority student success and match company recruiting needs and workforce development initiatives.

Community Development

The strength of our communities lies not only on a solid economic foundation, but also in the strength and unity of the people who live and work in them. CenterPoint Energy will help build inclusive and sustainable communities by focusing on supporting economic development and revitalization, affordable housing, safety, environmental initiatives, diversity and multicultural awareness, and participation in local chambers of commerce, nonprofit and economic development organizations.

Health and Human Services

CenterPoint Energy supports health and human services in the communities we serve primarily through our efforts with the United Way agencies located throughout our service territory and disaster relief organizations. The company provides limited and specific support of disease prevention.

Purpose of Grant

  • Situation—the opportunity, problem, issue, need in the community--that your proposal addresses. 
  • Specific activities for which you seek funding, overall goal(s), and timeframe.​

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for CenterPoint Energy funding, nonprofit programs must meet the following criteria:

Ineligibility:

  • We do not make grants for:
    • Multi-year requests 
    • Religious or political purposes
    • Individuals
    • Travel and related expenses
    • Conferences
    • Fundraising activities
    • National organizations
    • Sports and athletic programs
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowments
    • Start-ups