CenterPoint Energy Corporate Giving

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Next deadline: Sep 13, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2021 9:59pm PST, May 31, 2021 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Preventative Healthcare Environment Community/Public Safety Affordable Housing Diversity & Inclusion Economic Services & Development Academic Success & Enrichment Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Parental Involvement in Education Teacher Development & Training Career/College Preparation Education - Preschool / Early Learning Literacy Show all

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:

Background

The CenterPoint Energy Foundation strives to be a catalyst in our communities by leveraging everyday opportunities and resources to achieve extraordinary outcomes. That’s why we invest in initiatives that not only improve our stakeholders’ lives today, but also build a strong foundation for tomorrow. Our giving focuses on ensuring a high quality of life in the communities we serve.

CenterPoint Energy recognizes that our success – and the success of our neighbors -- is inextricably linked to the vibrancy of our communities. We seek to improve the communities we serve by supporting programs that encourage connection, improve quality of life and promote inclusion to help communities thrive. We recognize that an educated and engaged community is critical to the future of our business and our communities. We are committed to ensuring all students have the opportunities and tools they need to succeed academically, explore potential careers and be equipped to enter the workforce.

Funding Priorities

Our funding targets innovative, effective and measurable programs that enhance the quality of life within our communities and support the following giving pillars: Community Vitality, Education, and Local Initiatives. Priority consideration is given to programs that serve low- to moderate-income families and under-represented populations.

Key focus areas within the giving pillars include:

Community Vitality

  • Community Catalyst – Community Development initiatives leading to thriving neighborhoods, cities and states
  • Affordable Housing – Initiatives leading to increased access to quality, energy-efficient and affordable housing
  • Safety and Environment – Ensuring our communities are safe and green

Education

  • Quality Literacy Programs – Early childhood through adult literacy and tutoring programs
  • STEM Programs – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education programs targeted to under-resourced areas and/or under-represented populations
  • Workforce Development – Programs addressing needs of our communities

Local Initiatives

  • Local Collaborations – Initiatives that enrich relationships and strengthen the communities in which we open

What we look for in an applicant organization:

  • Financial stability
  • Mission closely related to the Foundation's priorities
  • Strong leadership and governance
  • Diverse board and staff; reflective of the community being served 

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

Eligibility:

  • To be considered for grant funding from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation, organizations must:
    • Be a nonprofit organization and have obtained recognition of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) as a public charity under Code 509(a) and in good standing.
      • If an organization is exempt under Section 509(a)(3), it must be Type I or Type II.
    • Have their organization's primary address located within CenterPoint Energy's footprint

Preferences:

  • When reviewing proposals, preference is given to funding opportunities/initiatives that:
    • Fit closely with the Foundation's funding priorities 
    • Address community needs related to our funding priorities
    • Include financial commitments from a variety of sources
    • Utilize an effective evaluation plan specific to the proposed funding opportunity/initiative
    • Demonstrate measurable and sustainable goals and outcomes

Ineligibility:

  • The CenterPoint Energy Foundation does not provide funding for the items or organizations listed below. Please note, this is not an exhaustive listing and additional restrictions may also apply. 
    • School clubs/organizations, including, but not limited to bands, athletic or academic teams, booster clubs, PTO/PTA 
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion
    • Meals, tickets, dues, memberships, fees, travel, tuition, subscriptions, and other tangible benefits
    • Political, labor, military, international or fraternal organizations
    • Childcare fees/subsidies or K-12 tuition
    • Programs administered by religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Sponsorships, fundraisers, races, telethons, marathons, benefits, banquets, galas, golf tournaments, festivals, or other events
    • Debt retirement or funding of any activity that is already completed
    • Individuals
    • Contests, competitions, athletics, pageants, or talent contests
    • Scholarly or medical research
    • A 509(a)(3) Type III supporting organization charity
    • Endowments or scholarships
    • Previous grantees who have not submitted required reporting