FirstEnergy Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: FirstEnergy funds disease-focused organizations under its commitment to health and safety. But these organizations must do their work in a community that receives FirstEnergy services.

IP TAKE: FirstEnergy prioritizes local communities in which it operates. It does not often fund established or national programs.

PROFILE: FirstEnergy, a “diversified energy company” headquartered in Akron, OH, is a funder of nonprofits working on diseases through its FirstEnergy Foundation. The foundation supports disease-focused nonprofits through its commitment to the "vitality" of communities and its support of "safety initiatives." Overall, the foundation seeks to “promote local and regional economic development and revitalization efforts,” because nonprofits committed to diseases can be related to these efforts as well. It does not name support for specific diseases preferring to fund disease work broadly.

First Energy grants typically don’t exceed $5,000. Past grantees include national organizations like the March of Dimes and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. However, the foundation has also supported a mix of diseases in its grantmaking, such as Duchenne, cancer, and Parkinson’s. The foundation provides funding to entities operating in areas where it provides services and does business. This includes substantial swaths of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey, as well as portions of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Michigan. 

The FirstEnergy Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. However, the foundation encourages contact through its local FirstEnergy management. The foundation also encourages applicants to reach out to the staff of its Community Involvement Department. The foundation offers a grant application online.


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