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Frequently Asked Questions - Grants
Funding activities for Shell Oil Company are dedicated strictly to interests in the U.S. For activities outside of the U.S., contact the Shell Company in your country or visit http://www.shellfoundation.org for information on the international Shell Foundation.
No telephoned, faxed, mailed or emailed requests will be considered. To submit a request for consideration, please use our online application form. Due to the volume of requests for donations and sponsorships received, we are unable to respond personally to telephoned, faxed, mailed and emailed inquiries regarding the status of requests.
To be eligible to receive a contribution from Shell, the requesting organization must be designated a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by the US Internal Revenue Service. Generally, the purpose of the organization, event or program must be to provide goods or services for low-income and low-middle income persons in need, and the organization, event or program must benefit persons or communities served by Shell locations.
General Limitations and Exclusions
To maximize the impact of our charitable giving within our budgetary limits, we will limit our contributions to one grant application per organization per fiscal year (September - August), and we will not provide repetitive annual grants or continuing support for organizations or programs. We will review applications from organizations that have received previous support from Shell as new requests and will evaluate the request in relation to other submitted applications and budgetary considerations.
Q. I mailed a letter to Shell. Why didn’t I receive a response?
A. Due to the volume of requests for donations and sponsorships received, we are unable to respond personally to telephoned, faxed, mailed and emailed inquiries regarding the status of requests.
Q. My funding request does not fall under any of your programs. How do I submit it?
A. We do not make grants outside our funding priorities.
Q. I am an individual seeking financial assistance. Am I eligible for a grant?
A. In keeping with our charter, we do not provide funding to individuals. We only accept proposals from 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt organizations.
Q. I have materials I want to submit along with my request for funding. How do I send them?
A. We are not able to accept samples, prototypes, or other supplementary materials that accompany initial requests for funding, and these items will not be returned.
Q. I am raising money for a cause. Am I eligible for a grant?
A. Shell makes grants to organizations directly rather than through individual fundraising activities; therefore, we are unable to fund your effort.
Q. Is there a limit on space for the program overview description?
A. The program overview area will hold 500 words or approximate 3000 characters. This is equivalent to 1 ½ pages of information.