Verizon Foundation: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation's science education grants support projects and organizations that promote science, technology, engineering, and math education.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers that can clearly demonstrate how their work benefits diverse communities may have a better chance at securing Verizon funding. While Verizon is a massive corporation, it is a relatively modest grantmaker.  As a result, grantseekers should expect modest support at most. 

PROFILE: The Verizon Foundation does not name specific grantmaking program for STEM Education nor does it state a clear mission. Instead, it prefers a broad approach, enabling the foundation to invest funds in areas it deems necessary each year. It does, however, support causes important to its employees, which includes science education.

Verizon's grantmaking to science education support include, but are not limited to, summer programs, afterschool programs, teacher training, and research aimed at improving STEM learning. Additionally, no more than 20 percent of funding may be used toward IT-infrastructure related purchases such as computer hardware and software.

Grants are modest, typically from $1,000 to $10,000, with most grants at the low end of the spectrum. Rather than awarding large grants to a handful of organizations, Verizon prefers to invest smaller amounts in many organizations. To learn more about the Verizon’s Foundation’s grantmaking, download its latest available tax filings here.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it encourages grantseekers to get in touch with their local community relations manager to learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking.


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