Thursday, July 21, 2011

Battelle Memorial Institute

Battelle Memorial Institute is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors and is a charitable trust organized as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio. A strong partner in building tomorrow’s technology workforce, Battelle seeks to invest in educating men and women who will become the innovators of the future. They are leading STEM education initiatives - from a million dollar donation to the National Society of Black Engineers to building Metro High School - that leverage the power of business/government/educator partnerships for students.

Battelle is in the business of innovation. They are looking for partners who share similar objectives in the community and who understand the value of collaboration and strategic planning. Ideally, the grants they issue are applied where your organization’s direction and Battelle’s intersect. As part of their strategic planning, they aim to create partnerships that are sustainable after the grant is completed. These types of grants are frequently referred to as “seed” grants.

Organizations requesting funds must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue code 501(c) 3, a school or a governmental agency. Battelle does not fund individuals, extracurricular school activities, courtesy advertisements, or religious, political or fraternal organizations.

Distributions are primarily made to organizations and programs in the greater Columbus area, Battelle's headquarters. Limited financial resources are available to communities in which their laboratory sites and major regional offices are located. Organizations should direct requests to the local Battelle office.

National BDPA president-elect Monique Berry asked that we look into this funding source. It appears that it is primarily suited for a grant proposal from our BDPA Columbus chapter, however, I invite other chapters that are co-located with a Battelle office to let us know if you have interest in seeking funds.

BETF operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Let me know if you or your chapter are eligible and interested in seeking funds from Battelle.

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