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:
U.S. Bank Grant Guidelines 2017
- 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.
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