Mission

To enhance the quality of life for people and society. Our mission is inspired by a world where people and nature are thriving together and built with the power of healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities. The Foundation focuses it’s resources on organizations and projects in the areas of:

Economic Success

  • A diverse and financially viable economic base
  • Reinvestment of resources in local economy
  • Maximization of local ownership of businesses
  • Meaningful employment opportunities for all citizens
  • Provision of job training and education to help the workforce adjust to future needs
  • Opportunities for culture, leisure and recreation readily available to all
  • Access to facilities, services, goods and other people in ways that minimize impacts on the environment.

Social Wellbeing

  • Access to high-quality education for all members of the community
  • Adequate health services, safe and healthy housing
  • Maintains a place that is safe from crime and aggression
  • Fosters a community spirit that creates a sense of belonging, place, and self-worth
  • A reliable food supply that optimizes local production
  • Stimulation of creative expression through the arts
  • Protection and enhancement of public spaces and historic resources
  • Provision for a healthy work environment
  • Adaptability to changing circumstances

Environmental Integrity

  • Satisfaction of basic human needs for clean air and water and nutritious, uncontaminated food
  • Protection and enhancement of local and regional ecosystems and biological diversity
  • Conservation of water, land, energy, and nonrenewable resources, including maximum feasible reduction, recovery and reuse as well as recycling of waste
  • Utilization of prevention strategies and appropriate technology to minimize pollution emissions
  • Use of renewable resources

Giving Guidelines

Through the Eastman Foundation, qualified non-profit charitable organizations can receive financial support that provides sustainable community improvement. The funding will be based on the Foundation’s focus areas: education, environment, empowerment and economic development.

Please keep in mind that any organization receiving funds must adhere to Eastman’s Code of Business Conduct.

  • Contributions are generally restricted to organizations that have been granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
  • Contributions are usually directed toward the communities in which Eastman has operating units.
  • Contributions should benefit substantial numbers of citizens.
  • Contributions target public/private partnerships that will have lasting and positive impact, shared financial backing, and active volunteer support.
  • Contributions are for one year unless otherwise specified, and recipients are responsible for requesting renewed support. Each request will be considered anew and compared against other requests received for that year.

How to Apply

The Foundation only accepts contribution requests through our on line application process. A prescreening assessment is available to determine organization or program eligibility. After an application has been submitted and reviewed, a decision will be communicated by the end of the current year to each organization that has submitted a qualified application.

Requests must be submitted online and received by July 31 to be considered for funding in the subsequent year. Decisions on funding will be communicated by the end of the year in which the application is made.

Apply Online

As a general rule, Eastman will not consider contributions to the following:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any status protected by applicable law
  • Places of worship and institutions devoted solely to religious instruction*
  • Individual agencies supported by the area United Way organization, except capital fund drives which are normally supported by the community, rather than directly by the United Way
  • Individuals, athletic teams or sports-related events, bands, choirs, drill teams, fraternal, social or political organizations and travel-related expenses, including student trips or tours

*Programs operating under the tax exemption of a religious organization are eligible for consideration if they are open to the public and the program's purpose is unrelated to furthering a religious faith.