Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Sprint) has provided millions of dollars to community organizations across the country.
A separate legal entity from Sprint, the Sprint Foundation is able to make an impact where it is needed most, supporting hundreds of organizations every year that focus on education, arts and culture, youth development, community development, and disaster relief. Through direct grants, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully acts as a champion for our communities.
If your organization meets our criteria, we encourage you to submit a grant application through this link.
The Sprint Foundation receives many requests every year to fund worthy organizations across the country. We are unfortunately unable to approve all of these requests, so we have worked to establish funding criteria based on our philanthropic and geographic focus areas. Please review the information on this page closely. If your organization meets our criteria, we encourage you to submit a grant application through this link.
Philanthropic Focus Areas
The Sprint Foundation’s funding priorities are:
- Arts and culture – The Sprint Foundation supports arts organizations that have effective outreach programs that broaden cultural experiences for the general public, particularly youth and non-traditional audiences.
- Community development – Sprint and the Sprint Foundation support initiatives that contribute to a strong civic infrastructure and a vibrant, healthy community.
- Disaster relief – Sprint and the Sprint Foundation support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts in order to help families and entire communities get back on their feet.
- Education – The Sprint Foundation supports K-12 education with an emphasis on urban education that supports student achievement, college and career readiness and educator development. Priority is given to programs that promote and advance quality public education in urban schools.
- Youth development – The Sprint Foundation’s funding of youth development organizations is targeted towards activities and programs that focus on building leadership and social skills, promoting business and economic education, and supporting technology and mentoring. Particular emphasis is given to programs providing assistance for at-risk and minority youth.
Geographic Focus Areas
Sprint’s largest concentration of employees is at its world headquarters site in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City. As such, the majority of Sprint Foundation grants provide support within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Grants outside this area are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Sprint Foundation, as a matter of policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability. To be eligible for funding consideration from the Sprint Foundation, organizations submitting grants must:
- Be a non–profit tax–exempt organization under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue code (unless a public school or library)
- Focus on at least one of the Sprint Foundation’s funding priorities (arts and culture, community development, disaster relief, education, or youth development)
- Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting
- Have financial reports available for independent outside audit and all potential contributors
- Be in good financial standing (not have a deficit)
- Be a United States based organization that supports United States programs/individuals
The Sprint Foundation is unable to fund requests for the following groups or programs:
- General operating expenses
- Individuals (including individual college scholarships)
- Political organizations (including lobbying organizations or causes, candidates, organizations or campaign fundraisers)
- Private foundations
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code
- Organizations that advocate religious beliefs or restrict participation on the basis of religion
- Organizations that actively engage in discrimination or have a written policy promoting or authorizing unequal treatment of individuals on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression
- Requests to support travel, conference or seminar costs
- Film, music, TV, video, radio, broadcast and media–production projects
- International organizations or individuals or organizations based in the United States that support international organizations
- School-affiliated teams, including sports, bands/choirs or events
- Marketing, sports, event sponsorships
- Endowments and capital campaigns
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Sprint Foundation provide support to individuals, private foundations or non 501(c)3’s?
No, the Sprint Foundation does not fund individuals or private foundations, and the Sprint Foundation only supports organizations that are tax–exempt IRS–qualified 501(c)(3) public charities.
How does my organization apply for a grant from the Sprint Foundation?
The Sprint Foundation only accepts proposals online. To apply for a grant, click here. If you have trouble with the process or have questions not answered through the Sprint Foundation FAQ, you can contact the Sprint Foundation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails will receive an acknowledgement within three business days except during holidays.
Before I apply online, I would like to look at the Sprint Foundation grant application. Can you send one to me?
You can see a sample application by clicking here.
How can I save and access my grant application once I have started it?
Please use this Grant Request link to access your application. You will need to enter your password. Please email email@example.com if you need further assistance.
When does the Sprint Foundation accept proposals?
The Sprint Foundation accepts grant requests January through the third Thursday in November every year. The online system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. Any applications received after the third Thursday in November will not be reviewed until after January 3 of the following year.
When will I know whether or not I am receiving a grant from the Sprint Foundation?
The formal grant-review process takes up to 90 days. All applicants will receive a formal notice via the email listed on their grant application within 90 days.
How can I guarantee my organization will receive a grant from the Sprint Foundation?
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. We receive thousands of requests for funding each year and are only able to fund a small percentage of these applications. You can save yourself time and improve the quality of your proposal by reviewing our Sprint Foundation Grant Guidelines.
Does the Sprint Foundation sponsor film, music, TV, broadcast or media productions?
No. These areas are outside of the scope of our grant giving.
Can the Sprint Foundation provide Sprint phones or services to my organization?
The Sprint Foundation is a separate legal entity from Sprint. Due to Federal regulations, the Sprint Foundation can’t provide products or services from Sprint.