Grant Opportunities

United States: Civic Engagement and Environmental Impact Grants 2020

United States: Civic Engagement and Environmental Impact Grants 2020

deadline: 1 May 2020

The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in communities around the world.

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Emphasis is placed on programs that support the First Solar Corporate giving values which include: focusing on “green” education initiatives, access to clean energy and water in undeserved areas, and furthering the development of innovative and sustainable technologies. Priority will be given to organizations that make a significant impact in communities that share giving values.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photo voltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.

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Funding Information

As the Fund seeks to support projects and services making a meaningful impact, grant requests must be for projects or services that cost or exceed $10,000 (USD).
Requests under $10,000 should be directed to the First Solar local office nearest the grant seeker.
In principle, requests should be in English. However, applicants may request translation assistance.
Grant Restrictions

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Through this funding opportunity, the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund will not consider requests that seek:

Support for sectarian activities of religious organizations.
Financial assistance with the annual campaign of an organization.
Requests for scholarships.
Application Contents

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To be considered for funding, organizations must submit a proposal, no longer than 800 words, which states the specific nature of the project, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the population that will benefit. Proposals should clearly delineate the amount of funding requested and how funds will be used.

Eligibility Criteria

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Grants will only be awarded to:

nonprofit, charitable organizations that are designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service code, or
organizations capable of demonstrating the ability to fulfill the charitable purpose of a grant award.
The Fund may limit the number of requests accepted by any one requestor at its discretion.
Additional Documentation Required

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Approved grantees will be required to submit documentation to the Foundation before a grant can be awarded. It is preferred that the documents be submitted in English.
Grantee organizations with principal headquarters located in the United States must submit the following due diligence documents:
The names and affiliations of the applicant organization’s board of directors.
Brief background/history of the requesting organization, including: when and how the organization was established; its mission/purpose; accomplishments to date; and a listing of all current programs and services.
The organization’s most recent audit. If audited financial statements are not available, the unaudited income and expense statement and balance sheet must be provided.
The organization’s current operating budget.
Copy of the applicant’s tax exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
Grantee organizations with principal headquarters located outside the United States must submit the following due diligence documents:
The names and affiliations of the applicant organization’s board of directors.
A brief description of past and current programs of the organization. The grantee should note other charitable activities that have been conducted.
The date the organization was founded and a description of the institutional character of and function of the proposed grantee (educational institution, research institution, etc).
A listing of other foundation grants that the grantee organization has received, including the amount, purpose and date when the grant was awarded. Note: If this list is in excess of 25 grants, the grantee should contact Greater Toledo Community Foundation.
A copy of the charter and/or bylaws of the organization. If English copies of these documents are available, they should be submitted.
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