Apply for a Grant / Eligibility Survey

The Office Depot Foundation grant cycle is now closed. 

The Foundation is not accepting requests or applications for the National Backpack Program. Please do not submit requests to the Foundation or to Office Depot stores. Thank you.

Application Process

The Office Depot Foundation utilizes an on-line grant application process. Materials will only be accepted on-line through the Foundation website. Materials mailed, faxed or sent by overnight delivery will not be accepted unless specifically requested in advance by the Office Depot Foundation.

Grants awarded by the Office Depot Foundation will be a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $3,000 (very limited). The majority of grants issued are in the vicinity of $1,000 and are supported by in-kind donations when inventory allows.

The Office Depot Foundation will consider proposals from organizations related to disaster relief and recovery throughout the year.

Eligibility Survey

Organizations who meet the criteria outlined on the Grant Making Guidelines page and who are interested in receiving funds from the Office Depot Foundation are required to complete an on-line Eligibility Survey during those periods of the year when the grant cycle is open.  To check your eligibility, click on the button below that best describes your organization.




Grant Application

If your organization completes the eligibility survey successfully, you will be asked to complete an online grant application. Specific information that will be requested includes:


  • Name of organization
  • Tax ID Number
  • Contact information
  • Date that tax-exempt status was granted
  • Chief executive’s name and contact information
  • Mission Statement

Proposal Information:

  • Project title
  • Project description
  • Project budget
  • Amount requested
  • Program area, geographical area and population served
  • Will the program be sustainable without funding from the Office Depot Foundation?
  • List your organization’s top five contributors.

Nonprofit organizations will also be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Audited financial statement
  • Board of Directors list
  • IRS Exemption Letter
  • Itemized project budget
  • Non-SKU-specific product wish list
  • Business continuity/disaster preparedness plan (if available)
  • FREE Emergency Response Plan Template

Schools will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • W-9 with proof of operation as a school
  • Itemized project budget
  • Non-SKU-specific product wish list

The online process ensures that the request meets the requirements of the Foundation’s donation strategy and that the Foundation’s donations are in compliance with federal laws prohibiting the funding of terrorist organizations.

Upon receipt of all of the information, the Office Depot Foundation will review the online application to determine whether the applicant and project are within the Foundation’s Program Guidelines. Those that are not within the guidelines will be declined. Applications that are within the guidelines are then reviewed to determine the following:

  • The priority of the proposed activity within the Foundation’s goals,
  • The extent to which the proposal includes collaborative efforts,
  • The impact of the potential results of the activities, and
  • The availability of the Foundation’s funds.

When an online application reflects the Foundation’s program priorities and is considered for funding, the Foundation may request additional information. This information should be submitted to the Foundation only upon request.

To see an example of a successful proposal, please click here.


Review Process

Grant applications are retrieved on a monthly basis during each grant cycle and are reviewed by the Office Depot Foundation Contributions Committee and final decisions on proposals are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Please allow at least 12 weeks after you submit your completed application before you receive a response.

Note: Organizations that apply for grants during 2015 will be invited to participate in the 2016 Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium.

Follow-Up Requirements for Grantees

  • Complete and return a donation receipt form within five (5) business days of receiving a grant.
  • Prepare and submit a business continuity/disaster preparedness plan within 12 months of receiving a grant. For information, click here.
Eligibility Survey

The Office Depot Foundation will consider proposals from organizations related to disaster relief and recovery throughout the year. If your proposal relates specifically to disaster relief and recovery, click here to determine your eligibility.




Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our grants process

More Information

Thank you for your interest in the Office Depot Foundation. If you have technical questions or difficulties with the application process, please complete the form below. Please do NOT use this form to submit donation requests. We will not consider or respond to any donation requests submitted via this form. Please complete an online application.

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