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ESA Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Utilize
Technology and Computer Games to Educate Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

08/17/18 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for programs that utilize technology or computer and video games to educate and have a significant positive impact on the lives of youth and young adults, ages 7-18. LOIs are due by June 22. Funded projects and programs must be available nationwide, or at a minimum, in two or more states within the United States.

Through this program, the Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in local communities. The Foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions.

Note: Programs that “train the trainer” are eligible for funding so long as those trained will use their training to positively impact the lives of American youth ages 7-18 through technology and/or computer or video games.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153714

Estimated Size of Grant:

While there is no set amount for ESA Foundation grants, it is unlikely that first-time ESA Foundation grantees would receive more than $50,000. However, the amount requested should reflect the actual cost of the project.

Term of Contract:

At this time, ESA Foundation is not making multi-year grant commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria:

- Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental unit exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be implemented or available nation-wide or at a minimum in two or more states in the United States.*
- Serve American youth ages 7-18.
- Provide programs and services that utilize technology and/or computer and video games to educate America’s youth and young adults.

*Note: If you wish to satisfy the multi-state location requirement by making your product or program available online, you must also submit a marketing plan that will demonstrate how you will reach your targeted audience and provide information that substantiates your organization’s website as a trusted peer resource.

The Grant funds can be used to hire or contract professional services essential to the success of the project.


The ESA Foundation does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or sexual orientation.

In general, the ESA Foundation does not accept applications for endowment, operating support, benefit and event fundraisers, annual fund appeals, youth sports teams, religious organizations for religious purposes, political organizations or campaigns, labor groups, indirect costs, research or from fiscal agents. Grants are not made to individuals or for projects outside the United States of America.

The ESA Foundation does not fund the purchase of hardware and software. However, if your project engages youth through technology and/or computer and video games and you require specific hardware to accomplish the goals of the project, you can request funding for necessary hardware and software.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 ESA Foundation Grant application has two stages: a letter of inquiry (LOI) and a full application. The LOI stage is open May 21, 2018 and must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM EDT June 22, 2108. By July 18, select applicants will be invited to submit a full application that must be completed via the online portal by 11:59 PM EDT August 17, 2018.
Note: There are no limits on how many applications you may submit.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email if you have questions.

The LOI application will be available on the website by May 21, 2018.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming