CenterPoint Energy Foundation

Application Process

Key Facts to Understand Before You Apply

The Foundation awards grants annually to eligible organizations in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, where our company has a business presence. A list of counties CenterPoint Energy serves is located in Appendix A of our 2021 Guidelines and FAQs document.

We will review proposals from 501(c )(3) organizations where our company has a business presence during the grant cycles below. We encourage organizations to submit requests during the cycle that works best for their budget as funds are available in each cycle. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for funding.

2021 grant cycles:

  • Cycle 1: January 4th - February 15th (cycle closes at 5:00pm CST)
  • Cycle 2: April 19th - May 31st (cycle closes at 5:00pm CST)
  • Cycle 3: August 2nd - Sept 13th (cycle closes at 5:00pm CST)

Submitting Grant Applications

All grants must be submitted via our online grants application system https://www.cybergrants.com/centerpoint/CNPGives_EligibilityQuiz.

Due to the volume of grant applications we receive, each application is evaluated on a competitive basis as we strive to fund programs with strong impact and measurable outcomes within our funding priorities.

While CenterPoint Energy values our business relationships and takes tremendous pride in serving our communities, the Internal Revenue Service stipulates that the Foundation may not consider business relationships when making grant-award decisions in order to avoid self-dealing practices.

Event Sponsorships

CenterPoint Energy prefers to fund nonprofit programs and projects, rather than fundraising events.  We have limited funds available for local community-based events and give preference to events that fit within our focus areas. If you have additional questions about community event sponsorships, please contact CNPGives@centerpointenergy.com at least 90 days before your event.

Any changes to the application process will be posted on this website.