About the Organization:
First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants. Their experience across the solar value chain reduces risk while delivering more reliable, dependable and cost-effective solutions for their customers. First Solar delivers an LCOE that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. First Solar technology delivers power during peak energy use smoothing costs for energy consumers against fuel-price volatility.
Civic Engagement and Environmental Impact Grants Program
The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. Emphasis is placed on programs that support the First Solar Corporate giving values which include: focusing on “green” education initiatives, access to clean energy and water in underserved areas, and furthering the development of innovative and sustainable technologies. Priority will be given to organizations that make a significant impact in communities that share their giving values.
Grants will only be awarded to a) nonprofit, charitable organizations that are designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service code or b) organizations capable of demonstrating the ability to fulfill the charitable purpose of a grant award. The Fund may limit the number of requests accepted by any one requestor at its discretion.
As the Fund seeks to support projects and services making a meaningful impact, grant requests must be for projects or services that cost or exceed $10,000 (USD). Requests under $10,000 should be directed to the First Solar local office nearest the grant seeker. In principle, requests should be in English. However, applicants may request translation assistance.
Grant application process
Proposals will be formally reviewed four times annually. The deadline dates for proposals are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. Proposals must be submitted through the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process. Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) of the application deadline in order to be considered for funding.
To be considered for funding, organizations must submit a proposal, no longer than 800 words, which states the specific nature of the project, the goals and objectives to be achieved, and the population that will benefit. Proposals should clearly delineate the amount of funding requested and how funds will be used.
Through this funding opportunity, the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund will not consider requests that seek:
- Support for sectarian activities of religious organizations.
- Financial assistance with the annual campaign of an organization.
- Requests for scholarships.
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