When looking for grants, you may want to start in your own community. Many businesses that you frequent regularly have foundations set up to support you. It is worth your time to consider what your own community has to offer. Here are 10 big businesses that make it their business to give back.
Target and Walmart:
Field trips, public safety, social services, Target supports it all. Field trip grant applications are accepted in August and September, grant applications for the arts are taken in January, and social services applications are due in April. Grant amounts typically run between $2,000 and $5,000, but you can set your own amount with some grant applications. If you are within a 100-mile radius of a Target store, find their online application and give it a shot.
Walmart Foundation grants range in value from $250 to $250,000. Grants are primarily given to non-profit organizations in the areas of “hunger relief, healthy eating, or career opportunity.” The next deadline is July 31, so start crafting your application now.
CVS and Walgreens
CVS awards grants in the areas of health care, the environment, economic growth, and children’s needs. Depending on your focus and grant amounts, deadlines vary. On April 7 CVS Health Foundation announced 55 new grant recipients as part of a $5 million commitment. Check the website for more details and to apply.
Walgreens supports programs that provide “access to health and wellness in their community, pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives, civic and community outreach, and emergency and disaster relief.” A list of information requested for all grant requests is available on the website. Smaller gifts of merchandise and gift cards bot exceeding $20 can be obtained by contacting your local Walgreens store.
Home Depot and Lowes
The Home Depot Foundation funds product grants of up to $5,000 for organizations using volunteers to improve the “physical health of their community.” These grants are for products sold at Home Depot stores. Projects aimed at helping military veterans and/or low income families are favored. Applications are currently being accepted and organizations can submit their proposals online.
In 2014, The Lowes Foundation gave $28 million in charitable donations. The Lowes Foundation supports K-12 public education programs (including technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements) and community programs (including building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements). Grants range from $2,000 to $100,000, and applications are available online now. The spring application cycle ends May 29—so act quickly.
State Farm and Nationwide
7. State Farm
With 2016 grant award applications only taken from September 1 to Oct 30, it’s important to plan ahead and have this grant application ready and waiting. Safety grants, education grants, and service grants are all offered. Grants must be at least $5,000 and youth-led service grants can range from $25,000 to $100,000.
The Nationwide Foundation is accepting grant applications now through September 1 to aid people in poverty or crisis, and to improve communities. Start by taking their eligibility quiz online to see if your organization’s ideals align with theirs. The Nationwide Foundation also partners with many other organizations such as the United Way, Feeding America, and the American Red Cross. Giving millions each year in grant funding, consider how Nationwide might be on your side.
McDonalds and Wendy’s
Working to improve the health and well-being of children, The Ronald McDonald Foundation provides grants for dental care, literacy training, and much more. A new grant cycle will open in July, so read up on what they have funded in the past and tailor your project accordingly (see tip below).
Working on funding adoption programs? Wendy’s is: “The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.” Take the online quiz to see if you qualify for a grant from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.
When planning your grant proposal, don’t overlook the foundations in your own backyard. These 10 foundations are giving nationwide and may be a good fit for you. Start your applications today and let us help you with the process. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can work with you to find grants, write grant proposals, and get the funding you need.