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Funding Priorities

The EQT Foundation’s funding strategy endorses programs that directly touch the community and its residents, rather than fundraising initiatives designed to support general operating expenses. The Foundation supports projects that demonstrate positive, significant, measurable and sustainable impacts, preferring proposals grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues. The Foundation also seeks evidence of:

  • Geographic setting that aligns with EQT Corporation’s business locations;
  • Ability to manage available resources effectively; and
  • Outreach that gains solid public recognition and support for the nonprofit, its program and sponsors.

The Foundation’s funding priorities are:

Arts & Culture
Support for local initiatives that are designed to give communities more exposure to artistic programming, or that promote expanded awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture and heritage of Appalachia.
Examples: Museums and cultural centers; art, music and literature programs; academic and community programs exposing audiences to the history and culture of indigenous people

Community & Economic Development
Encourage the development of diverse, livable communities that can attract and retain residential, commercial and industrial growth to sustain a healthy local economy.
Examples: community sustainability programs; festivals and other local traditions; food banks; volunteer fire departments; volunteerism and community service

The EQT Foundation supports programs that foster inclusion and promote the diversity of communities. Additionally, the Foundation will not support agencies that have written policies of discrimination to any person. 
Examples: programs that support inclusive and accepting communities of all; programs specifically geared toward racial or ethnic minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community

Provide students with access to programs that promote proficiency in core academic skills - particularly those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Includes programming that helps students effectively prepare to compete in the workforce, have greater choices and make positive social and economic contributions in their communities.
Examples: Development and implementation of STEM-based curriculum and programs; technical and literacy training; computer and science camps; career planning and preparation

Support the preservation of natural resources and encourage residents and businesses to employ accepted conservation techniques and activities to minimize adverse impacts on the environment.
Examples: Community gardens; wildlife and watershed conservation; environmental education; preservation and restoration of green spaces 

For inquiries, contact:
Ellen Rossi
EQT Foundation Manager