International Paper in North America

Apply for a Grant

U.S. non-profit organizations interested in funding from International Paper must be located in communities where International Paper has operations or has an employee base.

Application Guidelines


The IP Foundation provides grants to nonprofit charitable organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code. Organizations must be classified as public charities under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3), or exempt operating foundations. International Paper Foundation does not support private foundations. In addition, certain municipal, county, state and federal entities are eligible, such as school districts and fire departments. A fiscal conduit letter is acceptable for such charitable non-profits that do not have an IRS tax-exempt status.
The Foundation will not review a proposal unless the tax-exempt organization takes full legal, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the request.
Grants are ONLY considered in the communities where International Paper has a significant employee presence and within a locally determined radius of facility operations. If your organization does not have an International Paper location in the community, you are not eligible for grant funding. In addition, please view International Paper Focus Areas and Restrictions webpage to learn more about the IP Foundation charitable giving.

Applying for a Grant: Process and Procedures

Local Grant Deadlines: The local IP facility will provide information about community informational meeting(s) and/or grant deadline(s) via the local media and news outlets. All proposals will be routed to the local IP facility and must be submitted on or before the designated deadline(s) for initial consideration. Local deadline(s) will vary by location. Please contact the nearest IP facility for local submission deadline(s) and community guidelines. 
Eligibility Pre-Quiz: All non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to complete the eligibility pre-quiz prior to accessing and registering to complete the online grant application. You will be immediately routed through the pre-quiz by clicking on the “International Paper Grant Application” link located below.
Registration & Completing the Grant Application: A representative from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations takes full legal and administrative responsibility for completing the online grant application in its entirety. All grant applications must be complete and formally submitted before substantive review.  Any grant application that does not contain all of the required information requested in the online grant application will not be considered. For technical assistance with logging in and/or completing the online grant application, organizations should use the “Need Support?” link at the bottom of every page. This will connect you with Cybergrants Customer Support for further assistance.
Local Facility Review: As a preliminary check for alignment with the Foundation’s program areas and to ensure completeness, all grant proposals are routed to the nearest IP facility for initial review. If approved, all grant applications received by the local submission deadline will be reviewed by the facility Foundation liaison and local grant review committee. If approved at the local level, grant application will then be routed to the corporate office for secondary review in consideration of the quarterly corporate deadlines.
Corporate Review: The IP Foundation Corporate Office reviews all grant applications recommended by the local facility and received at the corporate office on a quarterly basis. All grants must be submitted by our corporate deadline dates: Feb.1, Apr.1, Aug. 1, and Oct. 1. If approved, you will be notified by your local facility directly.

Grant applications are reviewed each fiscal year based on submissions. Proposals funded in any one year are not automatically guaranteed for future support.  Please submit a new and updated request each year to be considered for renewed funding.

International Paper Foundation Grant Application​