Proctor & Gamble Grants

by Gail Sessoms

Proctor & Gamble, or P&G;, awards grants throughout the world to nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of people in communities where the company’s employees live and work. The P&G; corporation includes its grant programs as part of its social responsibility efforts and counts corporate altruism as significant to its overall purpose. Through its grant programs, Proctor and Gamble invests in nonprofits to help make positive change for families and communities.

Eligible Organizations

Proctor and Gamble awards grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that are registered in the United States. Eligible organizations include those with tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue tax code section 501(c)(3) and political subdivisions -- such as public libraries, fire departments and law enforcement agencies – under section 170(c)(1). Colleges and universities in the United States may also apply for P&G; grants. Organization must be located in one of the P&G; communities listed within the online application process.

Application Process

The P&G; grant application cycles run from July 1 through September 30 and from December 1 through February 28. Applicant organizations complete the survey on the P&G; website to initiate the application process. After successful completion of the brief survey, applicants create an online account to access the grant application. The optional invitation code is not required to apply within the grant cycles. The application cycle and process differs for the Higher Education Grant.

Comforts of Home

The Comforts of Home grant supports projects in one of Proctor and Gamble’s two major focus areas. Comforts of Home projects provide “everyday essentials” to low-income and homeless families, including those involved in natural disasters. The grant program helps families in crisis experience the feeling of home. SOS Children’s Villages, an international nonprofit that helps children find families and helps families create homes, receives Comforts of Home grants that support its Family Strengthening Program and renovation of its residential facilities.

Health and Hygiene

The Health and Hygiene grant program funds projects in Proctor and Gamble’s other major focus area. Funded programs help individuals and families learn about and develop healthy lifestyles. Programs may involve education about hygiene and illness prevention measures. Health and Hygiene grants also support clean water and vaccination projects in partnership with other corporations and nonprofits. as well as awarding dental hygiene grants and scholarships to dental schools and students.

STEM/Innovation and Economic Vitality

Proctor and Gamble limits its Stem/Innovation and Economic Vitality grants to programs operating in the United States. These U.S.-only grants are reserved for communities where P&G; has a significant number of P&G; employees. Economic Vitality programs may focus on various related issues, such as economic development, culture and the arts. The STEM/Innovation programs focus on issues related to science, technology, engineering and math projects in middle and high schools. STEM grants support collaborative programs, such as community STEM centers, efforts to increase student interest in STEM fields and programs that prepare students for STEM majors in college.

Higher Education Grant

The P&G; Higher Education Grant supports programs that prepare students for success in business through improved curricula and learning environments that encourage creativity, leadership development and appreciation for diverse ideas. Eligible applicants are accredited colleges and universities. The application cycle runs from July 1 through September 30.. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. An institution may submit multiple applications, but only two per discipline, and receive a maximum of $50,000 for the grant year. Applicants can find additional requirements and grant guidelines in the online survey and application.

The P&G Alumni Network Grants

The P&G; Alumni Network and its P&G; Alumni Foundation operate independently of P&G;’s charitable fund. Grants support economic empowerment programs throughout the world that include direct involvement by P&G; Alumni Network members. Economic empowerment projects help communities achieve greater financial participation and independence. Proctor and Gamble selects projects that focus on business education, free enterprise, entrepreneurship and economic development. The annual grant cycle opens in June. Applicants and P&G; Alumni Network sponsors complete an online letter of inquiry form before submitting a full application by invitation. The foundation publishes on its website the amount of grant funds available each year and the expected range of grant awards. In 2014, the foundation announced a grant range of $5,000 to $15,000 from total grant funds of $50,000 to $80,000.

About the Author

Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.

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