ESA Foundation Grant Application Information

The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth.  The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities.  We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions. 

The ESA Foundation does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or sexual orientation. 

The ESA Foundation is limited in the number of projects that we can support.  To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental unit exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. Seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be implemented or available nation-wide or at a minimum in two or more states in the United States. 
  3. Serve American youth ages 7-18.
  4. Provide programs and services that utilize technology and/or computer and video games to educate America’s youth and young adults

Limitations: In general, the ESA Foundation does not accept applications for endowment, operating support, benefit and event fundraisers, annual fund appeals, youth sports teams, religious organizations for religious purposes, political organizations or campaigns, labor groups, indirect costs, research or from fiscal agents.  Grants are not made to individuals or for projects outside the United States of America.

The ESA Foundation reserves the right to revise the grant criteria and/or process at any time.

Please note that the ESAF Grant criteria were revised as of February 2011. If your organization qualifies under these guidelines please download and review the Grant Application Instructions. Please email if you have questions.

Deadline for 2014 Application Submissions

May 28, 2014

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