The FirstEnergy Foundation's contributions to local nonprofit organizations help strengthen the social and economic fabric of our communities. Funded solely by FirstEnergy, the Foundation extends the corporate philosophy of providing community support.

We support non-profit, tax-exempt organizations within the FirstEnergy operating companies' service areas including Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power in Pennsylvania; Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey; Mon Power and Potomac Edison in West Virginia and Maryland; and where FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., FirstEnergy Generation and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operations conduct business.

The FirstEnergy Foundation traditionally provides funding to:

  • Help improve the vitality of our communities and support key safety initiatives
  • Promote local and regional economic development and revitalization efforts
  • Support FirstEnergy employee community leadership and volunteer interests
  • Advance an educated workforce by supporting professional development and literacy, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives

Application Process

The FirstEnergy Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Grant inquiries should be discussed with the local management of FirstEnergy companies and the staff of the FirstEnergy Foundation. Applications and letter of request should include:

  • Qualification as a 501(c)(3) organization (IRS determination letter)
  • Purpose for the grant
  • Total project or campaign goal
  • Requested amount
  • Brief history of your organization
  • How the request meets the FirstEnergy Foundation priorities listed above
  • List of officers and trustees of your organization
  • List of other companies supporting your project
  • FirstEnergy employee involvement with your organization

The company representative will advise when a formal request should be mailed to:

Dee Lowery, President
FirstEnergy Foundation
76 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308-1890

Limitations

The FirstEnergy Foundation generally does not consider funding for:

  • Direct grants to individuals, or to political or legislative activities
  • Organizations that receive sizable public tax funding
  • Fraternal, religious, labor, athletic, social or veterans organizations - unless the contribution is earmarked for an eligible program or campaign open to all beneficiaries, including those not affiliated with the host organization
  • National or international organizations
  • Organizations already supported by federated campaigns, such as United Way
  • Research
  • Equipment purchases
  • Loans or second-party giving, such as endowments, debt retirement, or foundations
  • Public or private secondary schools (Pre-K - 12)
  • Organizations that are a public charity defined as a 509(a)(3)

For more information about our charitable giving, contact our Contributions Department:

  • 330-384-5022 - Ohio
  • 724-838-3082 - Pennsylvania & West Virginia
  • 732-212-4147 - Maryland & New Jersey