Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit proposals if they meet our general eligibility criteria and contribution guidelines.  Shell prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

To begin the grant application process, click here.  Note that you cannot access the application using Chrome, but can use another supported browser such as Microsoft Edge. For a detailed explanation of browsers, click here.

Contribution Guidelines

Shell will consider charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations with priority consideration given to organizations serving in or near US communities where Shell has a major presence.  Focus areas for funding are:


Focus on civic and human needs in the community while promoting healthy lifestyles, major and cultural arts that promote access to underserved students and communities, and disaster relief efforts. We fund a broad array of community outreach projects, particularly in areas where our employees work and live. These projects range from local neighborhood improvement efforts to regional non-profit organizations. We are especially interested in supporting groups that reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of our communities, which is a Shell core value.


Focus on energy awareness with special publics, increasing interest in technical careers among students and professional development in science and math among educators. We support K-12 programs that boost math and science skills, as well as university programs that aid engineering and geoscience students and departments. Shell funds projects at vocational and technical schools where chemical and refinery operators and technicians are trained. We are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments.


Focus on biodiversity initiatives with support to programs that restore critical eco systems, address water, air quality research, preserve wetlands and sponsor wetlands initiatives. As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship, we support projects that restore and protect critical ecosystems. In addition to restoration and preservation efforts, we fund research projects for threatened wildlife and/or habitats.

Eligibility Criteria

Shell supports a wide range of charitable organizations that are tax-exempt in the United States, under Section 501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Shell will not consider contributions for the following purposes:

  • Individuals
  • Private Foundations
  • Non-profit organizations without a current 501(c) exempt status
  • Conferences or symposia
  • Endowment funds
  • Fraternal and labor organizations
  • Capital campaigns
  • Conferences, workshops, or seminars not directly related to Shell business interests
  • Religious organizations that do not serve the general public on a non-denominational basis
  • Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than U.S. and its territories
  • Organizational operating expenses

Submit an Application

Completion of an eligibility quiz is required to begin the application process. If your request meets eligibility and aligns within Shell strategic funding guidelines of community, education, and environment, please submit your application via link below.

Your application must include a brief statement describing the program(s) purpose, alignment to Shell guidelines and quantifiable outcomes. Please be prepared to submit an IRS statement that validates your organizations 501(c) tax status.

Please allow four to six weeks for review of applications. For status updates on an existing application, please log in

Due to overwhelming volume of requests, we are unable to fund many worthy applications. Please ensure that your request is aligned with Shell guidelines for maximum success.

To request a grant, visit our Grant Application System

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

Contribution Criteria

To be eligible to receive a contribution from Shell, the requesting organization must be designated a 501(c) 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.

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