Entergy’s Open Grants Program Guidelines and Application
Before applying for an Open Grant, please read the following guidelines and instructions.
Entergy’s Open Grants Program focuses on improving communities as a whole. We look for giving opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, the environment and healthy families. Educational initiatives are funded mainly through the Entergy Charitable Foundation. Proposals that primarily benefit low-income populations should be submitted to the Entergy Charitable Foundation, regardless of the program area.
ATTENTION Mississippi grantees: The deadline for open grants requests in Mississippi is April 1. You should have received correspondence from us regarding this new deadline. This important deadline allows us to be as strategic as possible in our giving efforts for the entire year.
In considering requests for grants, priority is placed on programs in specific counties/parishes. Please check the following links to determine if your project is located in an area where Entergy has operations: Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Texas. If you have questions about this, please contact the Entergy contributions coordinator in your area:
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Google Chrome internet browser is not compatible with Entergy’s grants system. To save and submit your application successfully, you should use Internet Explorer (versions 7 and above) or Firefox with Silverlight.
Open Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are starting a new application, click here to access and submit an online application form. We strongly suggest that when filling out the application you take advantage of the option to create a personal account so that you can save your application and edit it, if necessary, prior to submission.
Due to changes in tax reporting requirements, all organizations must submit their most current W-9 form with the application. You can access a blank W-9 form at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf?portlet=103.
State and organizational documents are not accepted for verification of eligibility. Only current documents from the Internal Revenue Service are accepted.
Please make sure to submit your application at least three months prior to the time the requested funds are needed. We receive many applications throughout the year, and we need to allow sufficient time to review each request carefully. Once you have submitted your application online, please allow at least 8 (eight) to 12 (twelve) weeks for review and notification of the result of your request. If by that time you have not been contacted by Entergy, please feel free to contact the appropriate contributions coordinator for your geographic area. (See above list.)
If you have already started an application, saved it and created an account, please click here to access your application.
Applications should be submitted at least three months prior to the time the funding is needed.
Applications are approved or denied based on application criteria and Entergy’s available resources.
Arts and Culture
The arts are expressions of ourselves – our heritage, feelings and ideas. To cultivate that, we support a diverse range of locally based visual arts, theater, dance and music institutions. Our long-term goal is to increase the access to contemporary art for a wider public, including children and the financially disadvantaged.
Entergy supports community-based projects that focus community enrichment and improvement. A few examples include civic affairs, blighted housing improvements, and neighborhood safety. By giving to communities in this way, we actually help them become more self-sufficient.
Children need a good start to grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults. With that in mind, we give to programs that have a direct impact on children educationally and emotionally. We’re also interested in family programs, like those that better prepare parents to balance the demands of work and home.
Eligibility and Preferences
Grants from Entergy will only be made to the following types of organizations:
- a state or local government, but only if a donation thereto is made exclusively for public purposes
- a public charity or private foundation that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity
- a school, hospital, governmental unit or religious institution that holds nonprofit status similar to that of 501(c)(3) organizations
- a war-veterans organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(19) tax-exempt entity
- a volunteer fire department that qualifies as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt entity
Entergy will NOT fund:
- Groups without 501(c)(3) or similar nonprofit status
- Capital project funding (i.e., building campaigns)
- Political candidates or groups
- Purchase of uniforms or trips for school-related organizations
- Amateur sports teams
- Activities whose sole purpose is promotion or support of a specific religion, denomination, or religious institution
- Grants to individuals or loans of any type
- Any organization owned or operated by an employee of Entergy
For more information please call 504-576-6980.