EQT Foundation Grant Program

EQT Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2020, Nov 1, 2020, Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Kentucky: Anderson County, Bath County, Bell County, Boone County, Bourbon County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



EQT Foundation

EQT is proud to be a part of the many communities where we operate, live and work. We believe strongly that giving back is a responsibility, and we’ve stayed true to that belief since the EQT Foundation was established in 2003 as a dedicated resource for financial, in-kind and volunteer support to communities touched by our business.

Since its inception, the EQT Foundation has awarded more than $57 million to nonprofits in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia that make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families they serve. The EQT Foundation is committed to supporting the education of our children; the development of diverse, livable communities; preserving environmental resources; and promoting a greater appreciation for the arts.

The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in being a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation focuses its resources on areas that have a direct effect on the stability of communities and, in turn, contribute to the success of its business operations in those areas.

Funding Priorities

The EQT Foundation’s funding strategy endorses programs that directly impact the community and its residents, rather than fundraising initiatives designed to support general operating expenses. The Foundation supports projects that demonstrate positive, significant, measurable and sustainable impacts, preferring proposals grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues. The EQT Foundation also seeks evidence of:

  • Geographic setting that aligns with EQT Corporation’s business locations;
  • Ability to manage available resources effectively; and
  • Outreach that gains solid public recognition and support for the nonprofit, its programs and sponsors.

The Foundation’s funding priorities are:

Arts & Culture

Local initiatives designed to provide communities exposure to artistic programming and/or expanded awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture and heritage of Appalachia.

Examples: Museums and cultural centers; art, music and literature programs; academic and community programs exposing audiences to the history and culture of indigenous people

Community & Economic Development

Activities and programs that encourage the development of diverse, livable communities that can attract and retain residential, commercial and industrial growth.

Examples: Community sustainability programs; festivals and other local traditions; food banks; volunteer fire departments; volunteer opportunities and community service


Programs that foster inclusion and promote community diversity. The EQT Foundation will not support agencies that have written policies or clear practices of discrimination to any person.

Examples: Initiatives that support inclusive and accepting communities of all persons; programs specifically geared toward racial or ethnic minorities, women and the LGBTQ community


Programs that promote proficiency in core academic skills, particularly those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Includes efforts to effectively prepare adults and teenagers for the workforce.

Examples: Development and implementation of STEM-based curricula and programming; technical and literacy training; computer and science camps; career planning and preparation


Initiatives that support the preservation of natural resources and encourage residents and businesses to employ conservation techniques and activities to minimize adverse impacts on the environment.

Examples: Community gardens; wildlife and watershed conservation; environmental education; preservation and restoration of green spaces

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


  • Institutions, organizations, or groups that are tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3).
  • The EQT Foundation gives in:
    • Pennsylvania (mostly Southwestern PA – Allegheny, Greene, and Washington counties);
    • West Virginia (northwestern portions of the state – Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie, Tyler, and Wetzel counties);
    • Parts of eastern Kentucky; and
    • Sterling County, Texas. 


  • The Foundation will not consider proposals for the following: 
    • Institutions, organizations or groups that are not tax exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3)
    • Capital campaigns or costs, including endowments, new construction, building renovations, mortgages/rents, etc.
    • Churches or other organizations whose purpose promotes a particular religion or creed
    • Political parties, candidates or public policy advocates
    • For-profit activities, businesses, associations or organizations
    • Tax-supported entities, including public schools
    • Fraternal, social, union or hobby/recreational clubs or organizations
    • Before/after school programs
    • Personnel costs
    • Sporting events, including charity golf outings
    • Mentorship programs (other than ASPIRE, EQT’s student scholarship and mentor program)
    • Scholarship programs (other than those historically supported by EQT)
    • Emergency or stop-gap funding
    • Organizations located outside of the United States
    • Organizations whose mission, operating philosophy or activities are in direct conflict with EQT company policy and could potentially damage the company’s reputation or could result in negative publicity for the company