Community Possible Grant Program

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. 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 2017, the U.S. Bank Foundation will require applications for grants according to the Community Possible focus area that most closely aligns to Work, Home, Play, or our national partnerships.

Community Possible Pillar Application Cycles:

Play: February 1 – March 15

Work: April 1 – May 31

Home: July 1 – August 31

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

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 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
U.S. Bank Grant Guidelines 2017

 

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.

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
  • 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 February 1 and close March 15

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 February 1 and close March 15

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

Still have questions about our guidelines? Please contact us at usbankgrants@usbank.com.

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