How Work grants can help

Work grants from the U.S. Bank Foundation’s Community Possible program fund organizations that:

  • Help small businesses thrive
  • Allow people to succeed in the workforce
  • Provide pathways to higher education
  • Promote financial literacy

Investing in the workforce

We fund organizations that provide training for small business development. We also fund programs that help ensure people of all skill and experience levels can get jobs to support themselves and their families. These programs support low- and moderate-income individuals entering or reentering the labor force.

Examples include:

  • Small business technical assistance programs
  • Job-skills and career-readiness training programs with comprehensive placement services

Providing pathways for educational success

Our grants address the growing requirement for post-secondary education in getting competitive jobs. The programs we fund support low- and moderate-income students, including those who have faced educational barriers.

Examples include:

  • Organizations and programs that help middle- and high-school students prepare for post-secondary education at a community college, university, trade or technical school
  • Programs and initiatives at post-secondary institutions that enable access to career and educational opportunities

Teaching financial well-being

Financial well-being is critical for helping people be successful in the workplace. We fund programs that positively influence financial literacy for:

  • Students in grades K-12 and in college
  • Adults both in and outside the workforce
  • Seniors (including fraud prevention)
  • Military service members and veterans

Contributing to the green economy

The green economy is fast becoming an area of opportunity for workforce development programs. Funding support includes:

  • Reskilling or retraining for jobs in renewable or clean energy
  • Building and maintaining infrastructure to support renewable energy, including EV charging stations and bike/transportation programs
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