International Paper in North America

Apply for a Grant, Donation or Contribution

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 the International Paper Signature Causes and Guidelines page to learn more about our community engagement programs.

Application Guidelines

Eligibility

U.S. and Canada

We support nonprofit charitable organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 509(a) (1), (2) or (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code, Canadian-based organizations with Charitable Business Number Registration (BNR) or exempt operating 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. International Paper Foundation does not support private foundations.
 
Organizations must be in good financial and public standing, show evidence of competent management, have low administrative/fundraising expense ratios and manage nondiscriminatory programs benefiting broad segments of the community. International Paper does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.

Our community engagement team will not review a proposal unless the tax-exempt organization takes full legal, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the request.
 
To be considered for support, requests should fit within our funding priorities. Priority is assigned to requests that fall within our signature causes and that provide evidence of active engagement by International Paper employees.

Please be advised that the majority of our corporate in-kind donations are related to disaster relief.

Non-U.S. and Non-Canadian Based Organizations
 
All international charitable requests must be submitted to your local International Paper facility in Latin America (Instituto International Paper do Brasil), Europe, Middle East, North Africa, or Asia. The regional Citizenship contact will provide guidance through the local eligibility and approval process.
 
Find your local International Paper location here.

Application Process

U.S. and Canada

All U.S. and Canadian 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, click on Locations at the top of this page or, on a mobile device, from the site menu.

Deadlines vary by location.

  • In Memphis, TN applications will be reviewed twice a year – April 1st and September 1st. Download our Corporate Grant Cycle informational sheet.
  • In the rest of the U.S. and Canada, applications are accepted through mid-September.

Funding requests are subject to a minimum of two 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 Assessment: All non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to complete the eligibility assessment prior to accessing and registering to complete the online grant application. You will be immediately routed through the eligibility assessment by clicking on the “Apply Online Here” button below.

Registration and Completing the Application: A representative from eligible 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 the online platform customer support.

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.

Apply Online Here (U.S. and Canada)

Non-U.S. and Non-Canadian Based Organizations

All international charitable requests must be submitted to your local International Paper facility in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, or Asia. The regional Citizenship contact will provide guidance through the local eligibility and approval process. Funding decisions are made throughout the year.

Find your local International Paper location here.