International Paper in North America

Apply for a Grant

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


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.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.

The Foundation will not review a proposal unless the tax-exempt organization takes full legal, fiscal and administrative responsibility for the request.

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 the IP Foundation charitable giving.

Applying for a Grant: Process and Procedures

All grant requests must be submitted to the nearest IP facility via the online grant application available at the link at the bottom of this page. If the IP facility in your area is not listed in the drop down list provided in the online eligibility quiz, contact the IP Foundation ambassador at the IP facility nearest you for an invitation code. 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.

Grant Application Deadlines: Deadlines vary by IP location – contact the IP Foundation ambassador at the IP facility nearest you to learn more about deadlines applicable to your area. Many IP facilities have several deadlines throughout the year with the final deadline of the year falling in mid-September. For these facilities, grant decisions are made throughout the year.

Every grant 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 local IP Foundation ambassador 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 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.

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​