The Fourth of July conjures thoughts of backyard barbeques, complete with all things as American as apple pie: hot dogs, potato chips, corn on the cob, s’mores, soda pop, and more. In the spirit of celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, TheGrantHelpers.com has put together a blog that highlights a select few foundations of the U.S.’s largest household names. Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
The PepsiCo Corporation includes brand names such as Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, and more. According to its website, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have donated over $600 million in cash and products to qualified nonprofit agencies since 2005. These donations are most often awarded to agencies that work in the environmental, educational, civic, arts, and health and human services sectors.
Strategic priorities include human sustainability, environmental sustainability, and talent sustainability. Awards are made globally. Specific information on the foundation’s grants and deadlines are not published on its website. However, you can visit PepsiCo’s Global Citizenship website to contact them if you are interested in learning more about PepsiCo grants or if you are interested in learning more about their specific programs.
The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on several initiatives, including the following:
- water stewardship, to support access to clean and sanitary water;
- healthy and active lifestyles, to promote exercise and physical well-being.
- community recycling, to increase litter reduction, recovery and reuse, increase community awareness, and support research
- education, to support scholarships, drop-out prevention, and other education initiatives.
Additionally, the foundation supports student scholarships in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Pacific. It also supports HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.
To learn more about the Coca-Cola Foundation and how you can apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.
According to its website, the Ford Foundation assists organizations that focus on “reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.”
In order to apply for a grant, applicants should read through the various initiatives and find one that is most relevant to their work. There is an online Grant Application Guide and application that can be submitted online. You can learn more about the Ford Foundation’s grant application process on its website.
The General Motors Foundation supports education initiatives, particularly those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The foundation also supports youth programs that give students “hands-on experiences that further their environmental studies and cultural experiences within their communities.”
To learn more about the foundation or apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.
The Hershey Foundation specifically funds organizations for children of Northeast Ohio. The foundation meets twice a year to review and approve grants. There is no formal application form. Instead, applicants must submit specific documents, including a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and requested amount of funding; the applying organization’s mission, history, and services provided; a current list of officers, directors, or trustees; and several other documents. For a full list, visit the Hershey Foundation’s website. The next round of proposals is due February 1, 2015.
P&G supports hygiene education and illness prevention around the world. The corporations looks for grants that align with the following:
- “Providing the comforts of home… the everyday essentials that help create the experience of home for families who can’t afford them or who have been displaced.
- Supporting hygiene education and everyday healthy behaviors that help prevent illness and improve confidence.”
Grant application cycles are July 1-September 30 and from December 1-February 28. To learn more about P&G grants, including whether or not your program qualifies, visit the P&G website.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the U.S.’s favorite brands. TheGrantHelpers.com has an expert staff and can help your organization find funding from some of the thousands of potential grant agencies. This Independence Day and always, you can depend on us to assist your organization in any part of the grant process. Contact us today for a free consultation, and again, enjoy your 4th of July.
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