AT&T Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The AT&T Foundation supports higher education organizations located within AT&T service regions and awards grants to small colleges, as well as, large universities.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award large grants, most AT&T grants do not exceed $10,000.

PROFILE: The AT&T Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the global telecommunications company AT&T. The foundation supports “[p]rograms that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education and advancing community development.” Areas of funding focus include education, community support and safety, health and human service,s and arts, media and culture.

AT&Ts education grantmaking focuses on helping students complete college and prepare for college or meaningful employment; programs helping students complete college; job training; programs helping develop community and civic engagement; and programs that “[d]rive innovation and/or technology to foster new solutions” in education.  

While the AT&T Foundation awards a few multi-million grants, most tend to range between $1,000 and $10,000. Past grantees include Purdue University and Millsaps College. The foundation also operates a program that matches employees’ charitable donations.

The AT&T Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Applicants should provide a brief history of their organization, current objectives, problems addressed, timetable of implementation, and continuation plans after AT&T funding concludes.

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