Corning Incorporated Foundation makes hundreds of direct cash grants each year. Three categories – education, human services, and culture – are the focus of these grants.
The majority of grants go to community-based programs where Corning has a strong presence. Typically, this means the program should impact people within an approximate 20-mile radius of a Corning business location with at least 50 employees. In addition, programs should impact large numbers of individuals over a significant period of time. The Foundation also makes direct grants on a case by case basis to national or international organizations in times of widespread natural disaster or other emergencies.
Grant applications from non-profit organizations outside the company headquarters location of Corning, NY are initially reviewed by a team of local employees. The employee team recommendation factors into the Foundation’s final decision.
Non-profit organizations are invited to apply for a grant by Foundation staff or a member of one of the Foundation grant teams. Before applying for a grant, non-profit organizations must validate that their program aligns with the Foundation’s criteria in its three direct grant areas: education, human services and culture (as illustrated in the framework in the Themes page). In general, due to strong human services support for local United Way campaigns, the Foundation does not fund United Way agencies.
The Foundation does not support event sponsorships, conferences, individuals, religious institutions, political causes, or organizations with so many counterparts that funding one could lead to an unrealistic number of similar requests such as individual schools, volunteer fire departments, scout troops, robotics clubs, PTAs or other similar groups. All applicants must comply with Corning Incorporated Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
Non-profit organizations that meet the geographic and framework guidelines but have not been invited to apply for a grant may send an email introduction to Foundation1@corning.com. The email will be forwarded to the appropriate location for consideration.