Community Possible Grant Program

Our giving program is designed to embrace the diversity of our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation. While we generously fund 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 on issues to our Community Possible pillars of Work, Home and Play.


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Community Possible Grant Focus Areas

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



Workforce Education & Economic Prosperity


Neighborhood Stability & Revitalization


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 certifiy 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, or disability.

Financial stability, leadership, impact measurement and collaboration with key stakeholders in the community are closely examined in our grant evaluation process. Applicants are required to provide:

  • Most recent audited financial statements
  • Full operating budget for the organization
  • Program budget - required for program support grant requests
  • List of other funders
  • List of board of directors and their affiliations
  • Statement of the organization's response to a community need
  • Anticipated outcomes and evaluation methods


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

  • Unrestricted General Operating Support Grants
    We consider unrestricted general operating support requests from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible Grant Focus Area.
  • Program Support Grants
    We consider highly effective and innovative programs that meet our Community Possible Grant Focus Areas.
  • Capital Grants
    The U.S. Bank Foundation considers a small number of requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria and with which the foundation has a funding history. All capital grant requests must be reviewed and approved by the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board.
See the list of 2016 Grant Contacts and Application Deadlines

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) supporting organizations
  • Pass through organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Endowments or memorial campaigns
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships
  • 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

U.S. Bank supports United Way through an annual employee giving campaign. The U.S. Bank Foundation accepts grant applications from local United Ways 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.

Red Cross

U.S. Bank is a committed member of the Disaster Responder Program, contributing national funds annually to ensure that the American Red Cross can immediately implement disaster relief efforts and respond to the needs of people impacted by disasters. We accept program grant requests from local Red Cross Chapters that correspond with our Community Possible Grant Focus Areas.

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