Back

ETC Corporate Giving FAQ

  • How does ETC Corporate Giving work?

    There are two avenues by which to request a donation in support of your non-profit’s cause; you may apply for a cash funding grant or an ETC equipment grant.  The Community Betterment Committee reviews cash donation requests and the Equipment Committee reviews the applications for equipment. The two committees function independently of each other.  Please consult the ETC Corporate Giving Guidelines to ensure that your request qualifies for consideration in one of our five focus areas of giving and meets our eligibility requirements:

    www.etcconnect.com/About/Criteria-for-Application.aspx

    Requests which do not meet ETC’s eligibility, focus area, or application requirements will be declined.

    We typically receive a large volume of applications during each cycle.  Although any request may be fully funded, ETC reserves the right to make an award for less than the requested total or to decline it entirely.

    Can I apply for both an equipment and cash grant?

    Yes, as long as each request follows the Corporate Giving Guidelines.

    If my grant is declined or awarded, can I reapply again for the next cycle?

    Yes.  There are no restrictions on applications for each cycle as long as the request meets the applicable guidelines.

    Can we offer to promote ETC if we get a grant?

    ETC does not accept promotional incentives (such as our logo on your website or program, acknowledgement on your letterhead, or other naming rights) from organizations which have been awarded grants.  Our Corporate Giving program is intended to part of good corporate citizenship, and not to actively promote ETC.

    I’d like to meet or call the decision-making Committee about my cause and application. How can I do that?

    Committee members do not actively engage with applicants regarding grant requests in order to preclude bias in the allocation of grants.  If you have specific questions about the process or need assistance with your application please contact corporate.giving@etcconnect.com and an Administrator will contact you.

     

    CBC (Community Betterment Committee) Grants

    How does the CBC (Community Betterment Committee) function?

    The CBC is diverse, rotating group of ten ETC employees who volunteer their time to determine which applications to fund during each biannual cycle.  CBC grants are cash donations to be used for general funding for non-profit groups or for their specific projects, as long as those projects adhere to the Corporate Giving Guidelines.  The funds awarded are typically modest as the CBC strives to have a positive impact across numerous funding requests.  As CBC funds are limited, requests that exceed $10,000 are seldom granted.

    Should I just apply for $10,000 and hope for a partial award?

    The Community Betterment Committee may decide to award a partial grant in any amount for any request.  Requests for funding from organizations with demonstrated need may or may not be viewed more favorably by the Committee.  However, an application for a large grant without substantial and specific need and proper narrative may be declined.

    What do I need to include with my CBC application?

    When submitting a CBC application, please:

    • Be certain that your organization qualifies in one of the five focus areas of giving and meets ETC’s eligibility requirements.  www.etcconnect.com/About/Criteria-for-Application.aspx
      • Include a copy of your group’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt documentation from the IRS which includes your FIN (Federal Identification Number).
      • Provide a brief narrative about your organization.  Tell us what you do and what you’ve accomplished, what your current goals are and how you impact your community.

    Can I use the funds to purchase equipment?

    No.  If you wish to acquire ETC equipment, please apply for an ETC equipment grant.  Cash donations from the CBC are intended to provide general funding to non-profit organizations or funds for specific projects that meet our Corporate Giving Guidelines.

     

    Equipment Grants

    How are Equipment Grants made?

    Equipment Grants consist of donations of new, used, or refurbished ETC goods and equipment.  Applications are reviewed by the Equipment Committee which functions independently from the Community Betterment Committee.

    As ETC manufactures and assembles our products, we ship equipment directly to grant award winners instead of providing funds to purchase equipment.  Grant awards are typically additions or enhancements to existing systems, such as a small fixture package or a low or mid-range control console.  Donations are typically modest in order to award as many applicants as possible each year.  Requests that exceed $15,000 retail value are seldom granted.

    Please note: ETC is unable to award or donate complete lighting system packages or any equipment that would require system commissioning or electrical upgrades.  Product lines that require commissioning include:

    • Most dimming or power control products (Sensor, Unison, Paradigm, Echo, Distribution, Company Switches, ELTS, tracks, outlet boxes and outlets)
    • All Rigging products
    • Top line control consoles such as Eos Ti and Cobalt

    Can I apply for a grant of non-ETC equipment?

    No.  If an item is not in our product listing, it cannot be requested in a grant application.   Requests that include non-ETC equipment, including all audio equipment, curtains/drapes, battens, piping, and electronic devices such as tablets will be declined.

    Can I apply for a grant of the aRFR and iRFR app?

    No.  Software, upgrades and apps are not eligible for grants at this time.

    I don’t know what I need to ask for or the retail value, can ETC help me?

    ETC is unable to recommend specific products or equipment for your venue.  Please consult with your technical staff or engage a technical professional or ETC Dealer to assess your space and offer recommendations.  Our equipment requires some technical skill to use and maintain, and may require additional components (such as a power control source or DMX device) to operate correctly.  ETC is not responsible for any additional expenses or purchases required to enable the use of the donated equipment.  Please be sure to understand the technical requirements of the equipment prior to applying.

    What do I need to include with my application?

    When submitting an equipment application, please:

    • Make sure that your organization qualifies in one of the five focus areas of giving and meets our eligibility requirements.   www.etcconnect.com/About/Criteria-for-Application.aspx
    • Include a copy of your group’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt documentation from the IRS that includes your FIN (Federal Identification Number).
    • Provide a brief narrative about your organization.  Tell us what you do and what you’ve accomplished, what your current goals are and how you impact your community.  We encourage you to include photos of your space and existing equipment as it helps bring your story to life for the reviewers.
    • Submit a specific bill of materials for the equipment that you are requesting.  For example, a request for “a few LED lights for our stage” is too vague.  A request for “eight twenty-six degree Source 4 LED Lustr with Edison connector and safety cable” is optimal.  If you are unsure and need assistance, please contact us at corporate.giving@etcconnect.com.