Entergy Charitable Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Entergy Foundation invests in education, poverty alleviation, the environment and diversity and inclusion in the areas where its parent company operates. Early childhood education is a strong focus of its education funding.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes at-risk children and low-income communities. Grant applications are accepted through the foundations on-line portal.

PROFILE: The Entergy Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 by the Entergy Corporation, a producer and retail distributor of electric power. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, the foundation "strives to contribute to a society that is healthy, educated, environmentally safe and productive." Its funding priorities are education, poverty, the environment and diversity and inclusion.

Entergy's education funding aims to "level the playing field in the area of education for at-risk children from high poverty communities," and early childhood education is a major priority of this initiative. One grantee, Mississippi Building Blocks, supports childcare centers across the state through teacher development and parent outreach with the goal of improving kindergarten readiness.

Entergy awards open grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 and micro grants in amounts up to $1,000. The foundation generally supports organizations in the states where it operates power plants: Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Texas. A complete list of recent grantees is provided on the foundation's website. 

Grant applications are accepted through Entergy's online portal on an ongoing basis. Application reviews take between 8 and 12 weeks.

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