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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. The preference is for proposals grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues. The Foundation also seeks evidence of:
  • Collaboration with other community agencies to maximize impact;
  • The ability to manage available resources effectively; and
  • The ability to gain solid public recognition and support for themselves, their program and their sponsors.

The Foundation focuses its resources on areas that have a direct effect on the stability of communities and in turn, contribute to the success of its business operations in those areas.


Provide economically disadvantaged students with greater access to programs that promote proficiency in core academic skills - particularly STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Includes programming that helps these students effectively prepare to compete in the workforce, have greater choices and make positive social and economic contributions to their communities.

Examples: Development and implementation of STEM-based curriculum and programs; technical and literacy training; computer and science camps; writing competitions; career planning and preparation

Community & Economic Development

Encourage the development of diverse, livable communities that can attract and retain residential, commercial and industrial growth and sustain a healthy local economy.

Examples: community festivals and other local “traditions”; programs that promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of diverse populations; food banks; volunteer fire departments; volunteerism and community service


Support the preservation of local 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 

Arts & Culture

Support local initiatives that are designed to give economically disadvantaged youth 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