Foundation History

​​National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation strives to help its partner organizations create opportunities to today’s and tomorrow’s educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and building stronger communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has granted $30 million to local community organizations.


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The National Grid Foundation has awarded funding to more than 60 workforce development programs across its service area in New York and New England.  The funding assists the community and local economies, as job seekers -- those who remain employed, and those who seek strategies to enhance career growth -- prepare for employment opportunities. 

“Even before the full economic impact of the pandemic was known to us, the Foundation’s Board of Directors supported funding for workforce development programs,” said Edward White, National Grid Foundation Executive Director. “During the pandemic we became acutely aware that as our communities would begin to emerge from the devastating effects of COVID-19, there would be a great need, and emphasis on developing the ‘new normal’ workforce of the future.  We felt very strongly that a substantive investment in this area would aid the critical need for skilled workers.”

During the last three-plus years, the National Grid Foundation has invested $1,423,000 in workforce development programs.  In 2021 and the first six months of 2022, the Foundation’s Board approved approximately $788,000 of funding in this area.   

“As we look toward a vibrant and inclusive future, workforce development and education programs, as well as opportunities for those reentering the job market, will help equip potential employees with the skills necessary to reach their full potential,” said Eileen Cohen, Chair, National Grid Foundation Board of Directors.  “I am thrilled the Foundation can help bolster our local talent pipeline through our workforce development grants. The organizations receiving these grants support our community with job training, academic and technical support and community services. Together, we will make a lasting impact in our neighborhoods and regional economies for years to come.”

Foundation supported more than 60 programs that help job seekers prepare for employment

Grants support training, job skills, career enhancement programs for future workforce

Over 3+ years, grants totaled more than $1.4 million in community support

WE BELIEVE that addressing global issues begins at the local level. We support and engage non-profit organizations that take ownership for implementing educational and environmental programs and solutions. These partnerships help build stronger communities -- the important first step in transforming individuals, neighborhoods, cities and, ultimately, our planet.

National Grid reaffirmed its dedication to its communities with the establishment of the  National Grid Foundation in December 1998. A $20 million endowment was provided as an outgrowth of its passion for and commitment to the communities it serves. In September 2000, National Grid enhanced its commitment with an additional gift of $10 million and another $5 million gift in 2007. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $30 million in grants to hundreds of non-profit organizations across its grant-making territory.

The National Grid Foundation is more than a funding source. Through its partnerships, the Foundation is afforded the opportunity to work with a host of diverse non-profit organizations. Our experience has shown that by working together we can bring about change that inspires people and transforms communities.

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