When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants. While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months. So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals. Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money.
10. PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports. For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.
9. Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch. This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching. Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.
8. ExxonMobil Foundation
Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support. $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered. Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!
7. Citi Foundation
Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations. Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program. Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.
6. Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000. The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible. There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount. A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities. The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.
5. JPMorgan Chase Foundation
According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves. Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.
4. GE Foundation
GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years. Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way. You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
3. Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development; and Hunger—basic human services.
2. WalMart Foundation
In 2013 alone, the WalMart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars. Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January. Grant applications are available on-line.
1. Wells Fargo Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities. Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.
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