Applying for Charitable Giving

If your organization does not fall into the eligibility exceptions below and would like to apply for a grant or product donation, please send a brief proposal (no longer than five pages) and include the following:

  • An overview of the organization
  • Purpose of the project
  • Description of the target population and estimated number of people served
  • Time frame for activities
  • Dollar amount or product(s) requested 
  • An itemized budget, including all sources of committed and anticipated funding from individuals or other corporations or foundations
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

Donation Eligibility

Please note, the L.L.Bean Charitable Giving Program does not fund the following:

  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status
  • Individuals
  • Political, sectarian, fraternal or religious organizations
  • Athletic teams
  • Pageants or fashion shows
  • Expeditions or trips by individuals or groups
  • Advertising in programs, bulletins, yearbooks or brochures
  • Individual schools (public or private), classrooms, teams, teachers or parent organizations
  • Film or television productions
  • Organizations or projects focused outside the US


  • For grants over $5,000, the deadline for the next year is mid-August, with determinations made in mid-December
  • For grants $5,000 and under, applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly
  • Product donation requests must be made a minimum of four weeks prior to the program or fundraiser.

Send requests to:

Discount Requests

Accredited schools and troops affiliated with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America are eligible for a discount on outdoor equipment. Restrictions apply; please call 800-458-3058 for information.

L.L.Bean does not offer a “nonprofit organization discount.” Discounts based on quantities might be available through  L.L.Bean for Business. Please call 800-832-1889.