Funding Guidelines

We are proud to support the work of our nonprofit/NGO partners who are advancing important causes in communities around the world. Through our partnerships, EMC contributes funding, in-kind products and services, and employee volunteer time.

Funding Criteria
To be eligible for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Recognized as a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the equivalent if outside of the United States), a publicly funded academic institution, or a municipality
  • Support an EMC site community
  • Overhead expenses do not exceed 25 percent of total operational budget

Ineligible for Funding:

  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) or equivalent status, with the exception of publicly funded academic institutions and municipalities
  • Individuals
  • Political candidates
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Religious organizations, except service programs that serve the general public without discrimination and meet all other criteria
  • Organizations whose practices are contrary to the EMC Human Rights and Global Labor Principles
  • Direct mail solicitations
  • Courtesy advertising
  • Endowments
  • Tickets for contests
  • Reduction of debt

Submitting a Proposal for Funding
EMC considers proposals bi-monthly, and the review process takes approximately eight weeks. There is no set financial range for the grant awards. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. All proposals should be e-mailed to and must include the following information:

  • A completed application form
  • A listing of all current funding sources and amounts, and other revenue
  • Names and affiliations of members of the Board of Directors

Funding Responses
EMC will respond to requests in writing. If your proposal is selected for funding, EMC will require the following additional documents:

  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter or appropriate documents if outside the United States
  • Audited financial statement for most recent fiscal year
  • Annual report, if available

Final Report
All EMC grant recipients must submit a report outlining the expenditures of the funds within 12 months of receiving the award. New requests will not be considered until the evaluation for the last grant has been submitted.