IP Foundation Grants

International Paper, Inc.

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Alabama: Autauga County, Dallas County, Elmore County, Wilcox County, San Bernardino County, California Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Alabama: Autauga County, Dallas County, Elmore County, Wilcox County, San Bernardino County, California Expand all

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Note: All grant requests must be submitted to the nearest IP facility via the online grant application. Deadlines vary by location. International Paper operates on a calendar year. Our global headquarters has a rolling application with decisions made throughout the year. However, if the grant-seeking organization operates on a fiscal year ending mid-year, applications should be submitted by mid-March. The final deadline of the calendar year is mid-September. 

International Paper supports U.S. non-profit organizations where our employees live and work.

Signature Causes and Restrictions

The majority of the Company donations and contributions and the IP Foundation’s grants support projects or programs focused on our Signature Causes – children’s education, hunger and health & wellness, and disaster relief. We will also provide limited support for other critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work, for organizations where our employees actively volunteer and for critical community environmental needs.

Children’s Education

We are looking for local, regional and national partners to support projects and programs that improve educational opportunities for children. Literacy, particularly from birth through 3rd grade, will continue to be a major priority of the Foundation because it forms the basis for all childhood learning.

Children’s Hunger

No child should go to bed hungry, and a hungry child cannot learn and grow to reach his or her full potential. We are looking for local, regional and national partners to support hunger programs for children and families in the communities where our employees live and work – organizations that have proven results providing meals, access to healthy foods, or other hunger-alleviating programs.

Health & Wellness

We are looking for local, regional and national partners that provide projects or programs that increase the general health and wellness of children. Ideally, programs will empower people, employ creative responses to problems, address root causes rather than symptoms, or offer measurable improvements in health and wellness.

Disaster Relief

The Foundation will support programs that save lives, reduce suffering or help communities recover from a natural disaster. Examples could include: 

  • Disaster preparedness efforts to help communities plan and prepare for future disasters 
  • Emergency grants to organizations helping communities impacted by a natural disaster
  • Community recovery grants to organizations supporting clean-up and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already addressed immediate needs.

Limited Foundation funds are available in the following areas:

Critical Community Needs

All communities are different. A critical need in one community may not be a critical need in a different community. IP personnel at facilities located throughout the United States are in the best position to know local needs, and are tasked by the Foundation with ensuring that grants are allocated based on the most critical of needs. A project or program does not necessarily need to benefit the community at large, but it should impact an underserved sector of the population or a critical need. Examples might include an English-language program in a predominately Hispanic community, or a program building wheelchair ramps in a community with a large disabled or elderly population.

Significant Environmental Needs

At International Paper, our entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. We will continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come. We also continue to find ways to reduce our environmental footprint. The IP Foundation will bolster this commitment to providing grants to organizations working on forest, water and air issues.

Employee Involvement

The International Paper Foundation endorses employees’ community involvement efforts by considering grant applications from charitable organizations supported by our employees. Organizations that are supported by full-time employees who either serve on the entity’s Board of Directors or who have been supporting the organization for at least six months are eligible to apply for Foundation funding.

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


  • The IP Foundation provides grants to nonprofit charitable organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code.
    • Organizations must be classified as public charities under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3), or exempt operating foundations
  • Certain municipal, county, state and federal entities (such as a school district or fire department), are eligible if a fiscal conduit letter from an affiliated tax-exempt organization (such as a school district or municipality) is attached to the online application. 
  • International Paper Company Foundation in North America supports U.S. non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operations.


  •  The Foundation generally does not provide funds for:
    • Individuals
    • Salaries, wages, temporary labor, stipends and other forms of compensation
    • Mortgage, rent or utilities
    • Academic scholarships
    • Endowments
    • Capital expenses (building funds, real estate purchases, equipment, etc.)
    • Multi-year commitments
    • Veterans or labor groups, religious, political groups or organizations that have as their primary purpose attempting to influence legislation
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin
    • Grants to primarily benefit employees or families of International Paper, or pay for services, subscriptions, tuition, or memberships
    • Sponsorships or advertising
    • Travel or lodging expenses for groups or individuals
    • Team sponsorships or athletic scholarships
    • National conferences, sporting events and other one-time events
    • Expansion of educational programs, or summer programs outside of the identified focus areas
    • More than 20 percent of a charitable organization’s total income