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Nonprofit Guidelines

Verify matching gifts. Learn about eligibility guidelines for 3M's social investments and how you can submit a request for support.

Determining Eligibility

In these focus areas, 3Mgives seeks to invest in evidence-based community partners and programs that use innovative approaches to solving problems for underserved communities globally.

  • In St. Paul, Minn., and Austin, Texas, proposals are by invitation only.
  • In all other 3M U.S. communities, send a letter of inquiry to the local facility addressed to 3M Plant Manager.
  • Outside the U.S., direct requests to the 3M office in that country. 


Criteria is the same for cash and product donations in communities where 3M has a facility. Most product donations are invited through 3M Supplies4Schools and 3M Supplies4Nonprofits programs. All other product donations are for projects with a minimum value of $1,000.

  • The following organizations are not eligible for support:
    • Individuals
    • For-profit
    • Disease-related
    • Government agencies
    • Hospitals, clinics or nursing homes
    • Treatment centers or hospice programs
    • Religious, fraternal or social
  • The following activities are not eligible for support:
    • Athletics
    • Advocacy and lobbying efforts to influence legislation
    • Conferences, seminars, workshops or publications of their proceedings
    • Endowments
    • Film/video production
    • Fundraising, testimonial, athletic and special events
    • Playground or athletic equipment
    • Travel

Want to check your organization’s eligibility?

Take the prescreening assessment—which is a series of questions that lead into the application process. Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee of support if an application is submitted.