Boeing Company: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: Boeing’s grantmaking reflects its status as one of the largest aerospace and defense contractors in the world. STEM education is one of the company’s primary funding areas.

IP TAKE: Boeing prioritizes hands-on science learning programs and partnerships with organizations that allow Boeing to take an active role in programs it supports. Guidelines and accessibility differ by location and focus.

PROFILE: Boeing’s grantmaking is closely tied to its corporate citizenship program and is presented in tandem with its employee donations, employee volunteering, and efforts that focus on benefiting the locations in which the company operates. One of the company's funding priorities is education. According to its website, Boeing seeks to “reach early learners in their formative years by supporting efforts to improve early caregivers’ preparation and drive awareness of early education’s importance” and to “provide educators with the tools and leadership skills they need to inspire their students to use creativity, collaboration, persistence and problem-solving to change the world.” Within its education initiative, the company divides its grantmaking between early education and primary and secondary education.

The latter interest emphasizes preparation for STEM careers (not uncommon for a corporation heavily dependent on a strong pipeline of young people going into these careers). This grantmaking funds a combination of professional development for teachers and administrators, as well as curriculum and programmatic support to help student performance in science and math. Boeing also prioritizes hands-on learning programs and science fairs.

Like some other corporate education endeavors, Boeing collaborates with leading organizations to develop free online curricula and other educational resources for families, volunteers, and teachers. Partners in this effort include PBS and Above and Beyond.

At the postsecondary level, Boeing partners with universities worldwide through its University Relations program to offer “student-focused programs” such as internships, externships, co-ops, scholarships, and enrichment programs enabling the next generation to “collaborate on innovative products by working alongside thinkers, dreamers, designers and builders” in the field. More information about the University Relations program is available by emailing the team directly.

In addition to grants, funding is available through Boeing’s Employees Community Fund (ECF). Unlike some other corporations that match donations to individual organizations dollar-for-dollar, Boeing allocates employee contributions based on a determination by “employee advisory boards [that] work to locally distribute combined employee donations.” Boeing covers all of the administrative overhead so that all donated dollars go directly to the beneficiary organizations.

The application process and eligibility for Boeing funding varies by state, except for higher education grantmaking, which is centralized through the University Relations program. New Grantseekers can find more detailed region specific information in the “Seeking Support” section on Boeing’s Community Engagement page. Additionally, the Directors for Global Corporate Citizenship at Boeing are also local / regional, so grantseekers should contact the company to find the director for their location.