International Paper in North America

Apply for a Grant, Donation or Contribution

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

Application Guidelines


We support 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.Certain municipal, county, state and federal entities (such as a school district or fire department), are eligible if a fiscal conduit letter from an affiliated tax-exempt organization (such as a school district or municipality) is attached to the online application. The letter must state that the affiliated tax-exempt organization will disperse Foundation funds for use on the approved project as the Foundation directs. Sample letters are included in the application.

Our community engagement team will not review a proposal unless the tax-exempt organization takes full legal, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the request.

Contributions, donations and grants are generally 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 Signature Causes and Restrictions to learn more about our community engagement program.

Applying for a Contribution, Donation or Grant: Process and Procedures

All requests must be submitted to the nearest International Paper facility via the online grant application available at the link at the bottom of this page. For a map of our operations in the United States, click on Locations at the top of this page or, on a mobile device, from the site menu.

Deadlines vary by location. International Paper operates on a calendar year. Our global headquarters has a rolling application with decisions made throughout the year. However, if the grant-seeking organization operates on a fiscal year ending mid-year, applications should be submitted by mid-March. The final deadline of the calendar year is mid-September. 

Every request is subject to a minimum of three levels of review. You will be notified by automatic email when your application has been properly submitted. Your community engagement contact will notify you of the final decision.

Eligibility Quiz: All non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to complete the eligibility quiz prior to accessing and registering to complete the online grant application. You will be immediately routed through the eligibility quiz by clicking on the “International Paper Grant Application” link located below.

Registration and Completing the Application: A representative from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations takes full legal and administrative responsibility for completing the online application in its entirety. All  applications must be complete and formally submitted before substantive review. Any application that does not contain all of the required information requested in the online application will not be considered. For technical assistance with logging in and/or completing the online application, organizations should use the Need Support? link found at the bottom of every page. This will connect you with Cybergrants Customer Support.

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 Contribution, Donation and Grant Application​