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