Edison International: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: Edison International’s education grantmaking focuses mainly on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

IP TAKE: The majority of Edison’s education grants go to benefit underserved populations.

PROFILE: Edison International has a 130-year history of conducting philanthropy, which now focuses on “ways that address important issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.” More than two-thirds of its giving is dedicated to helping underserved populations including diverse ethnic groups, seniors, people with disabilities, women, LGBT populations, and low-income families.

Half of Edison’s education giving focuses on programs “designed to help keep youth in school while opening the doors to secondary education.” Edison seeks programs emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The foundation supports organizations that address science education programs at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels.

Edison also awards $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors from underserved communities who want to pursue STEM studies in college. Past grantees include California State University, Fullerton, which received a grant for its Project Mathematics Intensive Summer Session (MISS) and the African American Male Achievement Network, which was awarded a grant for its Project STEM Discovery program. To learn more about select Edison grantees, explore its Philanthropy in Action page.

Edison typically limits its grants to $5,000; however, Edison International states that “[o]rganizations that have demonstrated success in making a difference in our priority areas may be invited to apply for larger grants.”

Edison accepts unsolicited grant applications twice per year, generally in March and June.

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