U.S. Bank Foundation
800 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402-7020
Local Contact Person: Marcy Bliss
Local Contact Phone: (541) 776-2635
Local Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Funding Areas:
At U.S. Bank, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to dream, believe, and achieve.
The building blocks that made our country great – a stable job, a home to call your own, and a community connected through culture, recreation, and play – continue to be at the heart of possibility for all of us. Through U.S. Bank’s Community Possible platform, we invest our time, resources, and passion in economic development by supporting efforts to create stable jobs, better homes, and vibrant communities.
Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. While the U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it’s impossible to fund every request. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, we focus our grant giving to fund economic development tied to Work, Home, and Play.
WORK: Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity
At U.S. Bank, we know that a strong small business environment and an educated workforce ensure the prosperity of our communities. Through our grant making program, we make that possible. We support programs and organizations that help small businesses thrive, allow people to succeed in the workforce, provide pathways to higher education, and gain greater financial literacy.
Investing in the Workforce
We fund organizations that provide training for small business development as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels to ensure our workforce is equipped for success. Examples of grant support include:
- Small businesses technical assistance programs
- Job skills training and retraining programs with comprehensive supportive services for individuals entering or reentering the labor force
Providing Pathways for Success to Post-Secondary Education
To address the growing requirements for post-secondary education in securing competitive jobs in the workplace we support:
- Organizations and programs that help low-income and at-risk high school students prepare for post-secondary 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 Literacy for Work and Life
Financial literacy is not only critical for financial stability; it is also significant in helping individuals be successful in the workplace. 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: Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization
The case for a stable, healthy home environment is clear: children and families are better positioned to thrive and succeed in a home that is safe and permanent. In response, our giving supports efforts that connect individuals and families with sustainable housing opportunities.
Providing Access to Safe, Affordable Housing
We provide financial support to assist people in developing stability in their lives through access to safe 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/or 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 Home Ownership Education
Owning and maintaining a home requires significant financial knowledge, tools and resources. We support programs that assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers and existing home owners.
Examples of grant support include:
- Homebuyer education
- Pre-and post-purchase counseling
- Homeownership retention programs designed to provide foreclosure counseling
PLAY: Artistic & Cultural Enrichment & Learning Through Play
Play brings joy. It’s beneficial for problem solving, creativity and relationships. Play is just as necessary for adults as it is for kids, but in low-income areas there are often limited spaces for play and fewer people attending arts and cultural activities. That’s why we invest in community programming that supports ways for children and adults to play and create.
Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming & Arts Education
Our investments ensure economic vitality and accessibility to the arts in local communities, as well as support for 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
Many young people across the country do not have the resources and/or access to enjoy the benefits of active play. Supporting active play based programs and projects for K-12 students in low- and moderate-income communities fosters innovation, creativity, and collaboration and impacts the overall vitality of the communities we serve. Funding support includes:
- General operating support for organizations that build or expand access to active play spaces and places that help K-12 students learn through play improving the wellbeing, 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
More information on Community Possible including grant guidelines, deadlines, eligibility and the online grant application, can be found at usbank.com/community.
U.S. Bank supports United Way through an annual employee giving campaign. We accept grant applications from local United Ways where employees make their contributions. We accept general operating requests as well as program grant requests that correspond with our Community Possible Grant Focus Areas.
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. We accept program grant requests from local Red Cross Chapters for the Disaster Services Funding Program, Home Fire Campaign, and service to Armed Forces Program.
Geographic Area Served by Grants:
All Oregon counties and cities in which there is a U.S. Bank
Within these general guidelines, we consider the following funding request types:
Program / Project Grants
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. We
consider highly effective and innovative programs that meet our Community Possible
grant focus areas.
An Operating grant given to cover an organization's day-to- day, ongoing expenses,
such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc. We consider operating support
requests from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a
Community Possible grant focus area.
A Capital grant that is part of an organized drive to collect and accumulate
substantial funds to finance fixed assets. 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. U.S. Bank does not fund more than 1% of the non-endowment total capital
campaign fundraising goal. All capital grant requests are reviewed and approved by
the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board or by the U.S. Bank Foundation President.
Do you fund general operating costs for non-profits? If so, under what conditions?
We consider unrestricted general operating support requests from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible Grant Focus Area (see above).
Applicants are required to provide:
- Most recent audited financial statements (if audited financial statements are not available, please provide the organization’s most recent financial statements)
- Detailed explanation for any budget deficits
- 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 affiliation
- Statement on the organization’s response to a community need
- Anticipated outcomes, evaluation methods, and impact
- be based and serve designated U.S. Bank communities;
- have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3) and certify that they maintain a non-discrimination policy that ensures that 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; and
- show financial stability, leadership, impact measurement and collaboration with key stake holders in the community.
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
Online only. Go to: https://www.usbank.com/community/grant-application.html
Preferred contact from potential grantees:
In most situations, the grant application may be completed without assistance. If you have questions about the application, please feel free to email us at USBankGrants@usbank.com or call 866-366- 7072.
In 2018, the U.S. Bank Foundation will require applications for grants according to the Community Possible focus area that most closely aligns to Work, Home, Play, or our national partnerships.
For any technical issues with the application, please contact our grants vendor, CyberGrants, at email@example.com or 844.5US.BANK (844.584.2265)
The U.S. Bank Foundation continues to refine its grant process. Please review the Foundation website for changes in the process prior to submitting a grant proposal.