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Community Possible Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Active Play for Children,
Arts, College Readiness, Workforce, Financial Literacy, and Housing

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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U.S. Bank Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/31/18 - Deadline for Home Category


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Grants to USA nonprofits in multiple states for activities in the areas of economic development, neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture, and learning through play. Funding is intended for programming, operational expenses, and capital projects that benefit local communities where the Funding Source operates (See Additional Eligibility Information for details).

The following grant categories are being offered through Community Possible Grants:

- Work – Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity
- Home – Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization
- Play – Artistic and Cultural Enrichment and Learning Through Play

Funding is focused on the following states:
- Arizona
- Arkansas
- California
- Colorado
- Idaho
- Illinois
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Minnesota
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska
- Nevada
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Ohio
- Oregon
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Utah
- Washington
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming

Funding area details:

"Work" Grant Category: Includes Workforce, Postsecondary Education Preparation, and Teaching Financial Literacy

Investing in the Workforce
The Foundation supports organizations that provide training for small business development, as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels, to ensure they have the capability to gain employment that supports individuals and their families. Examples of grant support include:
- Small business technical assistance programs
- Job-skills and career readiness training programs with comprehensive placement services for low- and moderate-income individuals entering or reentering the labor force

Providing Pathways for Success to Postsecondary Education
To address the growing requirements for postsecondary education in securing competitive jobs in the workplace, the following are supported:
- Organizations and programs that help low- and moderate-income and at-risk high school students prepare for postsecondary education at a community college, university, trade or technical school, as well as career readiness
- Programs and initiatives at postsecondary institutions that support access opportunities for low- and moderate income and diverse students

Teaching Financial Well-being for Work and Life
Examples of grant support include programs that positively impact:
- K-12 and college student financial literacy
- Adult and workforce financial literacy
- Senior financial fraud prevention
- Military service members and veterans financial literacy

"Home" Grant Category: Includes Access to Safe, Affordable Housing and Homeowner Education

Providing Access to Safe, Affordable Housing
Financial support is given to assist people in developing stability in their lives through access to safe, sustainable, and accessible homes. Examples of grant support include:
- Organizations that preserve, rehabilitate, renovate, or construct affordable housing developments for low- and moderate-income families, individuals, seniors, veterans, and special-needs populations
- Organizations that provide transitional housing as a direct stepping stone to permanent housing
- Organizations that focus on Veterans housing and homeownership
- Construction of green homes for low- and moderate-income communities
- Energy retrofit programs for low- and moderate-income housing developments

Providing Homeownership Education
Programs that assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers and existing homeowners. Examples of grant support include:
- Homebuyer education
- Pre- and post-purchase counseling and coaching
- Homeownership-retention programs designed to provide foreclosure counseling

"Play" Grant Catogory: Includes Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming, Arts Education, and Learning through Play.

Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming and Arts Education
Examples of grant support include:
- Programs that provide access to cultural activities, the visual and performing arts, museums, zoos and aquariums, and botanic gardens for individuals and families living in underserved communities
- Funding for local arts organizations that enhance the economic vitality of the community
- Programs that provide funding for arts-focused nonprofit organizations that bring visual and performing arts programming to low- and moderate-income K-12 schools and youth centers

Learning Through Play - Active play-based programs and projects for K-12 students in low- and moderate-income communities. Projects should foster innovation, creativity, and collaboration and impacts the overall vitality of the communities. Funding support includes:
- Support for organizations that build or expand access to active play spaces and places that help K-12 students learn through play improving the education, safety, and unification in low- and moderate income communities
- Programs that focus on using active play to help young people develop cognitive, social, and emotional learning skills to become vibrant and productive citizens in low- and moderate-income communities

Additionally, the following national parternships and partnerships are available:

United Way
U.S. Bank supports United Way through an annual employee giving campaign. Grant applications are accepted from the local United Way chapter where employees make their contributions. General operating requests and programming requests that correspond with the above Community Possible grant focus areas are accepted.

American Red Cross
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. Program grant requests are accepted from local American Red Cross chapters for the Disaster Services Funding Program, Home Fire Campaign, and Service to Armed Forces Program.

Within the above program guidelines, the following funding request types are eligible:

- A Program / Project Grant is given to support a specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives and a predetermined cost. Highly effective and innovative programs that meet the focus areas are considered

- An Operating grant is given to cover an organization's day-to-day, ongoing expenses, such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc. Operating support requests are considered from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible grant focus area.

- A Capital grant is given to support part of an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance major needs of an organization such as a building or major repair project. The U.S. Bank Foundation considers a small number of requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria, whose entire mission statement fits a Community Possible grant focus area, and with which the Foundation has a funding history. All organizations requesting capital funding must also have a U.S. Bank employee on the board of directors. All capital grant requests are reviewed and approved by the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board or by the U.S. Bank Foundation President.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180060

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3) and certify that they maintain a nondiscrimination 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.

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)
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Community Possible Application Cycles:

- Play: January 1 – January 31 for notification by June 30, 2018
- Work: April 1 – April 30 for notification by September 30, 2018
- Home: July 1 – July 31 for notification by December 31, 2018

National Grant Programs (United Way and American Red Cross) are open January 1 - 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Utah;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming