How to Apply

How to Apply

How to Apply


Tesoro receives numerous requests for support each year, but can respond positively to only a small percentage. Our preference is to support programs and projects with measurable outcomes that are most closely aligned with our community investment strategy and focus areas, and that serve the communities where we have a significant presence: Anacortes, Washington; Kenai, Alaska; Los Angeles and Martinez, California; Mandan, North Dakota; Salt Lake City, Utah; Gallup, New Mexico; St. Paul Park, Minnesota and El Paso and San Antonio, Texas.


To be eligible to receive charitable support from Tesoro or the Tesoro Foundation, organizations must be:

  • Incorporated in the United States; and
  • Recognized as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or as part of a federal, state, local or tribal government as provided by Section 170(c)(1) of the Code.

Neither Tesoro nor the Tesoro Foundation will make charitable contributions to any of the following:

  • Individuals;
  • For-profit entities;
  • Political parties, candidates and organizations;
  • Fraternal, labor, athletic, alumni and social organizations and their related foundations;
  • Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations;
  • Private foundations and foundations classified as supporting organizations by the IRS;
  • Organizations that do not comply with the USA Patriot Act;
  • Churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship and related ecumenical groups; and
  • Organizations that discriminate against others based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual-orientation, religious preference, mental and/or physical abilities, marital or parental status, military-veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

Application Process

  • All requests for support must be submitted via Tesoro’s online application process.
  • Every eligible organization will first be required to submit a Letter of Inquiry summarizing its request.
  • Tesoro may approve or decline requests based on the information contained within the Letter of Inquiry.
  • For large requests, multi-year requests and requests from organizations with whom Tesoro does not have a relationship, applicants will be required to complete a Full Application and provide more detailed information.
  • Requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Large requests may take up to three months to review and involve a site visit.

Selection Criteria

Support is provided by Tesoro and the Tesoro Foundation on a competitive basis based, in part, on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the Tesoro’s philanthropic mission and focus areas (i.e., science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] education, public safety, and environmental conservation and sustainability);
  • Mission, history and accomplishments of organization;
  • Financial strength and solvency of the organization;
  • Clarity, reasonableness and potential impact of the proposal’s goals, objectives and activities to achieve the projected outcomes and address the need(s) behind the request; and
  • Ability of the organization to leverage Tesoro’s dollars to secure additional resources.

How to Apply

To begin the application process, applicants will first need to set up a login account if they haven’t done so previously. Setting up a login account requires applicants to enter valid email addresses and passwords of their own choosing that will allow them to save Letters of Inquiry and Full Applications (if invited), access existing/previously started forms and review submitted forms. The email addresses used to create the login accounts are what Tesoro uses to communicate with applicants, as well as to track the progress of their applications through the submission and review process.

Before starting, applicants may find it helpful to first review the application questions and gather the necessary information. Applicants may also find it useful to type their responses in a word processing program like Microsoft Word, first, and then cut-and-paste the responses into the respective form fields within the application.

Tesoro’s application can be completed in one session or over several sessions. Applicants may save their work and finish their applications at a later time by simply clicking the “Save & Finish Later” button located at the bottom of each page. Applicants may return to/continue working on existing applications, or view submitted applications, by logging in to their My Account page by clicking the corresponding link below.

NOTE: An application can be revised at any point prior to submission, but once it has been formally submitted to the Foundation, edits can no longer be made.

WARNING: Do not use the browser’s “Back” or “Forward” buttons to navigate between screens. This may cause applicants to lose any unsaved data.

To aid applicants in crafting strong proposals, this system allows applicants to both print copies of their applications prior to completing them and to share draft copies with colleagues via email. To print a copy of an application, applicants can click on the “Printer Friendly Version” link located toward the top of each page of the application. To share a draft copy of the application with a colleague(s), applicants should click on the “Email Draft” link also located toward the top of each page of the application.

Furthermore, applicants can also review the accuracy and completeness of their applications by clicking on the “Review My Application” link located towards the top of each page. By clicking on “Review My Application” and scrolling down the page, red arrows may appear highlighting one or more things:

  • A required field/box is missing information;
  • Information was entered incorrectly in a particular field and/or
  • Information entered in a particular field exceeds the word limit.

Applicants must first correct the errors highlighted by the red arrows and then click the “Update” button at the bottom of page before the system will allow them to proceed.


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