1. Applying for air time or funds from Comcast in Washington

PLEASE NOTE THIS FORM IS FOR ORGANIZATIONS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON AND SPOKANE. If you are from another part of the country, please contact Comcast in your area.

Organizations requesting support from Comcast must be tax-exempt as designated in Section 501c(3) of the IRS and not discriminate based on race, national origin, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs or income levels.

Any event or sponsorship supported by Comcast must be within a community served by Comcast and should generally reflect one of Comcast’s focus areas. Those focus areas include
• Education
• Literacy
• Youth programs, especially after-school programs
• Youth and technology
• A situation commonly known as the 'Digital Divide'
• Diversity
• Community-building

We generally focus on long-term relationships with a limited number of partners, in order to make a very real difference in an organization and a community. We do not have the resources to participate in a ‘logo soup,’ and prefer to sponsor and receive recognition for a particular aspect of an activity or cause.

Many people and organizations look to Comcast for financial support for their organization or program. We have about 3,000 employees and 1.2 million customers in Washington alone, many of whom know multiple groups that are very deserving of support. Please keep in mind that Comcast cannot possibly support every group, event, or program that requests it.

There are many factors that Comcast looks at when considering whether or not to sponsor or participate in an event. Some of the more important factors include:

• Benefit to the community
• Size and type of audience
• Does the request address one of Comcast’s key areas of focus or a critical community need?
• Significance and impact of the organization in the local community
• The history, stability and reputation of the beneficiary organization
• Are there marketing and/or promotional opportunities available to Comcast?

The following are examples of events/sponsorships Comcast will consider supporting:
• School/Education Foundation programs
• Ethnic parades/festivals
• Literacy Programs
• After School Programs

Comcast does NOT provide support to the following:
 Individual schools (public or private) except through established foundations
 Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services)
 Courtesy or goodwill advertising in publications
 Service clubs or fraternal organizations that serve a limited constituency
 Individual Little League teams or other youth athletic teams (though we may support the organization as a whole)
 Religious causes
 Political parties, candidates or issues
 Trips or tours
 Requests from individuals (i.e., baby’s beauty pageant, cheerleader camp, class trips)
 Organizations or projects based in a community Comcast does not serve

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS: Comcast may air public service announcements (PSAs) for a non-profit organization during many of the cable networks we carry, ranging from CNN to MTV. Please be sure to state in your application that this is what you are seeking.

The following are not eligible for PSA airtime:
• Any group/organization that plans to purchase advertising with any other local media outlet (radio, television, billboards or print).
• Lotteries
• Private schools and/or individual schools
• Religious causes or events
• Political candidates
• For-profit organizations

You should receive a reply within 45 days of sending this application. If you do not hear from us, please accept our apology, and feel very free to send a reminder to whoever you contacted about sponsorship and/or to walter_neary@cable.comcast.com

* 1. What is your name?

* 2. What is your email address?

* 3. What is your phone number? (we will not provide this number to anyone else and would only use it if your email address does not work or if we have questions about your application)

* 4. What is the name of the organization?

* 5. What city are you based in? (reminder - this form is only for sponsorship in Western Washington and the Spokane area. If you are from another party of the country, please check in with Comcasters in your area.

* 6. What is the group's 501c3 non-profit/tax exempt number? (please only apply if your group is a 501c3 - even if you have a letter from the IRS saying your group is something like a 501c3)

We recognize not everyone keeps their 501(c)3 number handy, so if you are sure you have the number but do not have it handy, please write 'pending.'

* 7. Has your organization helped to distribute literature about Comcast's Internet Essentials program to families that may qualify? (more information at http://www.internetessentialspartner.com )

* 8. If no, why not? If yes, please tell us how you have distributed Internet Essentials information.

* 9. Have you previously received a donation of air time and/or cash or some other value from Comcast?

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