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, preferring proposals grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues. The Foundation also seeks evidence of:
The Foundation’s funding priorities are:
Arts & Culture
Support for local initiatives that are designed to give communities 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
Community & Economic Development
Encourage the development of diverse, livable communities that can attract and retain residential, commercial and industrial growth to sustain a healthy local economy.
Examples: community sustainability programs; festivals and other local traditions; food banks; volunteer fire departments; volunteerism and community service
With an emphasis on racial diversity, the EQT Foundation supports programs that foster inclusion and promote the diversity of communities.
Examples: programs that support inclusive communities; programs specifically geared toward minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ, etc.
Provide students with access to programs that promote proficiency in core academic skills - particularly those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Includes programming that helps students effectively prepare to compete in the workforce, have greater choices and make positive social and economic contributions in their communities.
Examples: Development and implementation of STEM-based curriculum and programs; technical and literacy training; computer and science camps; career planning and preparation
Support the preservation of 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