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.

In 2020, we have an open grant cycle for organizations from Indiana and Ohio. If you are in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, we will accept grant applications on an invitation only basis.

To inquire more, please email CNPgives@centerpointenergy.com.

Beginning in 2021, we will have grant cycles for organizations in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, where our company has a business presence. Our 2021 grant cycles will be:

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

If you are a 501(c)(3) organization looking for a sponsorship for an event, visit https://www.cybergrants.com/centerpoint/CNPGives_EligibilityQuiz. Sponsorships are decided in conjunction with regional teams and must be received at least 90 days prior to an event. Note that events are not considered as part of our Foundation giving priorities, but consideration will be given to organizations who align with those priorities. 

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