Community Possible Grant Program

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. 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. While the U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it's impossible to fund every request. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, we focus our grant giving to fund economic development issues tied to Work, Home, and Play.

In 2019, the U.S. Bank Foundation is moving to a Letter of Intent (LOI) application process. The LOI will represent the initial round of consideration.

Please note: We will only reach out if we want to move the applicant to the next round of consideration.

We strongly recommend submitting the LOI application as early in the cycle as possible to allow for more time to submit the second questionnaire if requested.

Community Possible Pillar Application Cycles:

Play: January 1 – January 31

Work: April 1 – April 30

Home: July 1 – July 31

If you have questions about our programming focus or areas we serve, please refer to our Guidelines.

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.


Community Possible Grant Focus Areas

We support organizations and programs that advance the following funding priorities:

 

Work

Workforce Education & Economic Prosperity

Home

Neighborhood Stability & Revitalization

Play

Arts & Culture
Places to Play

Grant Guidelines and Restrictions

General Guidelines and Eligibility

Through the U.S. Bank Foundation, we support organizations and programs that advance the funding priorities described under the Community Possible grant focus areas. Organizations must be based in and serve designated U.S. Bank communities.

Organizations must have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3) and certify that they maintain a non-discrimination policy that ensures the organization does not discriminate based on 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.

U.S. Bank Grant Guidelines 2019

 

Within these general guidelines, we consider the following funding request types:

  • Program / Project Grants
    A Program/project grant is given to support a specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives and a predetermined cost.  We consider highly effective and innovative programs that meet our Community Possible grant focus areas.
  • Operating Grants
    An Operating grant given to cover an organization's day-to-day, ongoing expenses, such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc.  We consider operating support requests from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible grant focus area.
  • Capital Grants
    A Capital grant that is part of an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance fixed assets.  The U.S. Bank Foundation considers a small number of requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria, whose entire mission statement fits a Community Possible grant focus area, and with which the Foundation has a funding history. All organizations requesting capital funding must also have a U.S. Bank employee on the board of directors. U.S. Bank does not fund more than 1% of the non-endowment total capital campaign fundraising goal.  All capital grant requests are reviewed and approved by the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board or by the U.S. Bank Foundation President.

Funding Restrictions

The U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible grant program will not provide funding for:

  • Fraternal organizations, merchant associations, chamber memberships or programs, or 501(c)(4) or (6) organizations
  • Section 509(a)(3) – Type III supporting organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Endowments or memorial campaigns
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships
  • Organizations that discriminate based on 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
  • Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political organizations or organizations designed primarily to lobby
  • Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance
  • Travel and related expenses including student trips and tours
  • Deficit reduction

National Grant Programs

United Way

Application will open January 1 and close January 31

U.S. Bank supports United Way through an annual employee giving campaign. We accept grant applications from the local United Way chapter where employees make their contributions. We accept general operating requests, as well as program grant requests that correspond with our Community Possible grant focus areas.

American Red Cross

Application will open January 1 and close January 31

U.S. Bank is a committed member of the Disaster Responder Program, contributing national funds annually to ensure the American Red Cross can immediately implement disaster relief efforts. We accept program grant requests from local American Red Cross chapters for the Disaster Services Funding Program, Home Fire Campaign and Service to Armed Forces Program.

Apply Now

If you still have questions after reviewing these guidelines, please email usbanksupport@cybergrants.com or call 866-366-7072.

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