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Literacy and Education Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Improve
Educational Opportunities for Children of All Ages

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Pitney Bowes Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, community organizations, public education foundations, and after-school programs for education and literacy programming for students of all ages. Funding is intended to support programs that improve opportunities for students in school districts in which Pitney Bowes has a business presence.

Eligible locations include:

- Connecticut: Bridgeport, Danbury, Shelton, and Stamford
- Georgia: Atlanta
- Indiana: Indianapolis
- Michigan: Detroit and Grand Rapids
- Minnesota: Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Nebraska: Omaha
- New York: Troy
- Texas: Dallas
- Washington: Spokane
- Wisconsin: Appleton, Milwaukee

Pitney Bowes supports organizations that serve:

- Young children through early literacy programs that encourage parent engagement, stimulate the development of language and literacy skills, and foster a true love of learning.
- Children from pre-kindergarten through middle school with year-round educational programs, both school-based and after-school. The Foundation supports in-school programs that focus on literacy, core curriculum and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The Foundation also supports summer programs that help minimize the loss of academic skills during school vacations.
- Programs at the high school level and beyond that motivate and equip students for higher education and potential career choices. Subject areas include language and STEM as well as business, entrepreneurial and communications skills.

Priority will be given to requests that:

- Support early childhood education, after-school, mentoring, literacy, STEM and job training programs
- Have defined measurable outcomes that help close the academic achievement gap and prepare the future workforce
- Effectively engage Pitney Bowes employee volunteers
- Target diverse populations, particularly underserved groups
- Increase and enhance the scope of services offered by an organization
- Demonstrate a broad base of donors

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180299

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for the following ranges:
- Flexible grants, for amounts less than $5,000
- $5,000 - $24,999
- $25,000 - $49,999
- Grants over $50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to qualified organizations at the national level and local levels, including public education foundations, community organizations, and after-school programs serving the following locations:

- Connecticut: Bridgeport, Danbury, Shelton, and Stamford
- Georgia: Atlanta
- Indiana: Indianapolis
- Michigan: Detroit and Grand Rapids
- Minnesota: Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Nebraska: Omaha
- New York: Troy
- Texas: Dallas
- Washington: Spokane
- Wisconsin: Appleton, Milwaukee

Grants to organizations must have been approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as 501(c)(3) charities.

The Pitney Bowes Foundation does not provide support for:

- Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- Private schools
- Individuals
- Political candidates or lobbying organizations
- Religious organizations unless formed for educational or community purposes (e.g., a soup kitchen, shelter, etc.)
- Organizations that discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnic background, age, veteran status, citizenship status, marital status, disabilities (mental or physical), genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by law
- Organizations with a limited constituency, such a fraternal, labor or veteran groups
- Single disease health organizations.
- Anti-business groups
- Advertising or television programming
- Conferences, sporting events, auctions and other one-time, short-term events
- Fundraising events
- Sponsorships
- Team sponsorships or athletic scholarships
- Travel by groups or individuals
- Indirect costs that exceed 20% of the total program budget

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are reviewed twice a year. All applications must be submitted online. Application deadlines are:

- January 15 (decisions announced May/June)
- July 15 (decisions announced November/December)

Applicants should first download a blank copy of the appropriate application and assemble all necessary information needed to complete the online application. See Supporting Documents below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online for the appropriate grant range:

- Application for flexible grants less than $5,000: (application unavailable at this time)
- Application for grants ranging from $5,000 - $24,999:
- Application for grants ranging from $25,000 - $49,999:
- Applications for grants greater than $50,000:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Bridgeport, Danbury, Shelton, and Stamford;   Georgia: Atlanta;   Indiana: Indianapolis;   Michigan: Detroit and Grand Rapids;   Minnesota: Minneapolis and St. Paul;   Nebraska: Omaha;   New York: Troy;   Texas: Dallas;   Washington: Spokane;   Wisconsin: Milwaukee and Appleton