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Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection and Human Prosperity Grants

Verizon Foundation

Funding Amount


Matching Funds

Funding Cycle



- At least 85% of the total grant funds should be composed of direct costs (costs that are directly attributable to the project.) Accordingly, indirect (or “overhead”) costs should be no more than 15% of the total grant funds. Grants with indirect costs greater than 15% will require a business justification to be considered for funding

- Grants with IT-infrastructure related costs (such as computer hardware, software, data or networks) that total more than 20 percent of the grant’s total direct costs should provide an explanation detailing the use of the IT assets and whether cellular connectivity is involved
For education grants, Verizon and Verizon Foundation funding is intended to support projects that promote digital skills development for students and teachers in grades K-12. This includes, for example, summer or afterschool programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), teacher professional development, and research on technology-infused pedagogy. Schools and districts that apply for grants from Verizon and are eligible for the Education Rate (E-Rate) program may not use grant funding to purchase technology hardware (computers, netbooks, laptops, routers), devices (tablets, phones), data or Internet service and access, unless approved by Verizon compliance

Who Can Apply

501(c)(3) Public Charities:
To be considered for an invitation, an organization must be: Classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and further classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1)-509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
– Church, provided that the grant will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community
– School
– Hospital or medical research organization
– Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit
– Governmental unit
– Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public
– Organizations that normally receive no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes
– Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in the previous seven items. 509(a)(3) organizations that are not designated as an approved type are not eligible
– To be considered for an invitation, a school must be classified as not-for profit elementary or secondary school (public or private) and registered with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Additional Eligibility Requirements

All organizations must:
- Not duplicate or significantly overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state or local level
- Keep books available for regular independent outside audit and make the results available to all potential contributors
- Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting
- Observe the highest standards of business conduct in its relationships with the public

Contact your local community relations manager:
For non-profit organizations seeking funding from Verizon, grant applications are by invitation only. You can contact your local community relations manager to see whether you are eligible to apply or learn other ways to get involved in your community



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