guidelines and exemptions
This page is dedicated to funding provided by Verizon to non-profit organizations.
If you have a question related to grants for Small Business Digital Ready participants, please contact email@example.com.
Our funding priorities are aligned around Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection and Human Prosperity. New applications are by invitation only.
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.
Neither Verizon or the Verizon Foundation discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, national or ethnic origin or physical disability. As a company with a highly diverse workforce serving an equally diverse set of customers, Verizon through its Foundation, supports a wide range of programs through direct and matching grants that benefit diverse communities, including without limitation minorities, veterans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender and others. Verizon and the Verizon Foundation each expect its grant recipients to comply with all applicable laws, including those governing tax-exempt status and non-discrimination laws. To apply for a grant contact the Community Relations Manager for your area as indicated above.
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, as follows:
Organizations described in section 170(b)(1)(A) clauses (i) – (vi):
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.
Type I, II, or III functionally integrated – 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).
If you are eligible to apply, your grant application to either Verizon or the Verizon Foundation for consideration should abide by the following guidelines:
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.
Verizon and the Verizon Foundation may refuse funding for any of the following:
*Family includes members of the employee’s or retired employee’s immediate and extended family. Immediate and extended family includes, but is not limited to, one’s spouse, domestic partner, parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, in laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or any similar half or step relationship.
**Close personal relationship refers to anyone in employee’s or retired employee’s family or household, or someone with whom the employee or retired employee has, or has had, a romantic or other close personal relationship.
Financial Information – Federal Form 990