FirstEnergy: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: FirstEnergy supports STEM learning, safety and literacy in the communities it serves through its education initiative and its philanthropic foundation.

IP TAKE: FirstEnergy’s professional development and STEM learning grants are available to educators and community nonprofits in areas served by this electric utility. The FirstEnergy foundation awards larger grants to a broader range of initiatives. FirstEnergy does not directly fund schools.  

PROFILE: FirstEnergy, an electric utility company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, funds K-12 initiatives through its in-house education advisory council and its philanthropic foundation.  Generally serving the Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia areas in which it operates, FirstEnergy aims to “strengthen the social and economic fabric” of the communities it serves and “to advance an educated workforce” through STEM programs.

The FirstEnergy Foundation broadly supports nonprofit organizations that promote safety and literacy, as well STEM initiatives, although they do not directly fund public or private schools. FirstEnergy’s education advisory council awards educators and community-based youth groups grants of up to $1,000 for professional development and STEM learning projects. The council prioritizes programs that teach about the production and distribution of electricity and has awarded more than 1,000 grants since the program’s inception in 1986. Application forms, guidelines and due dates are available at FirstEnergy’s Stem Classroom Grants page.

While this foundation does not accept unsolicited applications, potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects and eligibility with management at their local FirstEnergy operation; the foundation’s web site provides a guide to locating local management.

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