Entertainment Software Association Foundation

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.


The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America's youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions. The ESA Foundation does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or sexual orientation.


The ESA Foundation is limited in the number of projects that we can support. To receive funding, an organization making a grant request must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental unit exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. Seek funding for a specific project or program that is or will be implemented or available nation-wide or at a minimum in two or more states in the United States.
  3. Serve American youth ages 7-18.
  4. Provide programs and services that utilize technology and/or computer and video games to educate America's youth and young adults.


ESAF has one grant cycle per calendar year. Grant applications must be received by May 15 for projects that will be implemented during the following calendar year. Proposals received after May 15 will be considered for the subsequent funding cycle. Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed annually in June/July. Final decisions are made in August.


First time awardees can receive grants up to $50,000.




Jenny Lai

ESA Foundation

317 Madison Avenue, 22nd Place

New York, New York 10017

(917) 522-3250