How we partner with nonprofits

We focus on collaborative grantmaking and sustainable, high-impact funding with 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners. We partner with organizations that support:

  • Economic and workforce advancement
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Community arts and culture

Community Possible grant categories

Work grants

Workforce education and economic prosperity

Home grants

Neighborhood stability and revitalization

Play grants

Arts, culture and places to foster joy

Our strategy

Our community affairs and foundation team work closely with U.S. Bank regional leadership, business resource groups and our National Community Advisory Committee to ensure that prevailing needs are addressed in all the communities we serve.

To make the most meaningful impact, we prioritize organizations that:

  • Focus on economic development issues related to work, home and play
  • Address more than one of the grant pillars (work, home and play)
  • Are based in and serve designated U.S. Bank communities
  • Advance diversity, equity and inclusion

How nonprofits can apply

Established partners may apply annually for a grant via invitation from a U.S. Bank Foundation community affairs manager

New and emerging organizations bring balance to our grant making through our Letter of Interest (LOI) application. We ensure funding is set aside each year to explore new opportunities. Nonprofit organizations new to the U.S. Bank Foundation may submit an LOI at any time during the year.

The U.S. Bank Foundation utilizes an electronic LOI to identify organizations with unique and innovative programs that fit within our pillars of work, home and play.

Grant guidelines and eligibility

Our American Red Cross partnership

U.S. Bank is a member of the Disaster Responder Program, contributing national funds annually to ensure the American Red Cross can immediately implement disaster relief efforts.

Local American Red Cross chapters may be invited to submit a grant application by a U.S. Bank Foundation community affairs manager. If invited to apply, we will accept program grant requests for the Disaster Services Funding Program, Home Fire Campaign and Service to Armed Forces Program.

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We consider grant requests without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status or other factors that are protected by law.