ESA Foundation Grant Application Information
Please note: The ESA Foundation Grant application must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 15, 2015 in order to be considered for funding.
The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The ESA Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create a positive social impact in our communities. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions. The ESA Foundation does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or sexual orientation.
The ESA Foundation is limited in the number of projects that it can support. To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria:
- Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental unit exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code,
- Seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be implemented or available nationwide or at a minimum in two or more states in the United States,
- Serve American youth ages 7-18, and
- Provide programs and services that utilize computer and video games to provide projects and services that benefit America’s youth and young adults.
Limitations: In general, the ESA Foundation does not accept applications for endowment, operating support, benefit and event fundraisers, annual fund appeals, youth sports teams, religious organizations for religious purposes, political organizations or campaigns, labor groups, indirect costs, research or fiscal agents. Grants are not made to individuals or for projects outside the United States of America.
The following guidelines are used in evaluating every grant application:
- Alignment with the ESA Foundation’s specified areas of interest,
- Evidence that the program or project responds to a valid need and is superior to other competing programs or projects,
- Evidence of previous program or project success or likely success in the future as demonstrated by past success, and
- Evidence of program or project accountability.
The ESA Foundation reserves the right to revise the grant criteria and/or process at any time.