Shell Companies in the United States do not accept unsolicited funding requests. Priority consideration will be given to organizations in or near communities where Shell USA, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States have a major presence.

Non-profit organizations must meet our general eligibility criteria and contribution guidelines for charitable donations. 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.

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Contribution Guidelines

Shell Companies in the United States accept funding requests for sponsorships and charitable donations by invitation only. All funding requests must be entered through the online application, we are unable to accept funding request proposals in other formats. Once received through the online system, each request application is reviewed, researched and assessed within the published funding cycle. 

While we generally fund large national non-profit organizations, we also fund sponsorships and social investments in local communities where we have a strong presence. Typically, Shell chooses to work with organizations with whom we have established or proactively developed relationships.

Shell partners with leading organizations that are aligned with our USA social investment and sponsorship strategy and who have proven track records for:

  • Improving economic and social justice outcomes for undercapitalized communities 
  • Promoting diversity, equitable and inclusive outcomes for our employees, business partners and community members 
  • Supporting safe and healthy environments and promote better health outcomes

Eligibility Criteria

Shell USA, Inc. funds sponsorships with qualified, pre-identified for- and non-profit organizations. Shell also funds 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.

These sponsorships and charitable donations are focused on certain business growth, social, environmental and diversity, equity and inclusion impacts and are brought forward with a strong business case for funding primarily in regions where Shell has a large local presence.

Submit an Application

Shell USA, Inc. accepts funding requests by invitation only. You will need a password from your Shell Representative to submit a funding request. 

Your request must include a brief statement describing the program(s) purpose, alignment to Shell guidelines and quantifiable outcomes. Please be prepared to submit documentation required for Shell USA, Inc. to complete our review and due diligence processes.

For status updates on an existing funding request, please log in

Submit a funding request

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding activities for Shell USA, Inc. 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.

Procedures

No telephoned, faxed, mailed, emailed, or unsolicited requests will be considered. 

Charitable Contribution Criteria

To be eligible to receive a charitable 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.

Sponsorship Criteria

Shell USA, Inc. funds sponsorships with qualified, pre-identified for- and non-profit organizations. These sponsorships are focused on certain business growth, social, environmental and diversity, equity and inclusion impacts and are brought forward with a strong business case for funding primarily in regions where Shell has a large local presence.

General Limitations and Exclusions

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 fund unsolicited requests or requests 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. 

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 funds 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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