Corporate Giving

Application Process

Before submitting a grant proposal, please review our eligibility requirements and focus areas in our Charitable Contributions Guidelines found under “Quick Links” to the right.

Grant requests for Indiana and Ohio are handled by Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company. Please visit www.vectren.com/foundation for more information about eligibility requirements and the application process.

If you are located in another one of our Service Areas, please see below for more details on our application requirements. Proposals are accepted from May 1 to May 31 for possible inclusion in the next calendar year budget.

Please submit the following:

Proposal Narrative

Please provide the following information in narrative form in this order (five pages or less, excluding attachments)

Organizational Information

  • Summary of organization history, mission and goals.
  • Description of current programs, activities, service statistics, and strengths/accomplishments.
  • Organization's relationship with other organizations that are working to meet the same needs or providing similar services. Please explain how you differ from these agencies.
  • Number of board members, full-time paid staff, part-time paid staff, and volunteers.
  • Is there a broad base of support for the program you are proposing?
  • Have you formed partnerships to help meet your goals?

Purpose of Grant

Evaluation​

  • ​How do you measure the effectiveness of your activities?

Required Attachments

  • ​IRS determination letter indicating tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status
  • Board of directors (list names and affiliations)
  • Annual report, if available, or other material summarizing organization’s activities
  • Current year’s itemized operating revenue and expense budget for the organization
  • Most recently audited financial statements
  • List of major corporate and foundation donors that you are soliciting for funding with dollar amounts, indicating which sources are committed, pending, or anticipated
  • List of staff, including names and phone numbers and affiliations

Contact Information

Send proposals to:
CenterPoint Energy
Diane Englet
P.O. Box 1700
Houston, TX 77251
Diane.englet@centerpointenergy.com

Advertising/Branding 

In addition to making charitable contributions to non-profit organizations, the company also participates in select brand sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorships that include advertising elements are evaluated by Corporate Communications primarily for media efficiency and brand compliance. Circulation for print and outdoor/signage and ratings points for broadcast media are the major considerations when determining values of an event/opportunity. Special consideration is given to those organizations or media sponsorships that promote the focus areas outlined above.

Advertising/Branding contact:
James Bartula
Marketing Communications
James.Bartula@CenterPointEnergy.com