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Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Non-Profits for
Education, Environment, & Social Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Darden Restaurants Inc.

Deadline Date:

01/01/14

Description:

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Grants to USA non-profit organizations that provide high-quality, innovative, and effective programs focusing on: promoting greater access to postsecondary education, the preservation of natural resources, and/or providing basic social and human services. The Foundation's priorities for each of its three focus areas are outlined below.

1. Access to Postsecondary Education:
* Organizations and programs that positively impact the educational prospects of underserved youth, ages 14 to 18, in middle and high school
* Organizations and programs that provide access to the tools and information needed to pursue higher education (e.g. 2-4 year college, culinary or technical school)

2. Preservation of Natural Resources:
* Programs or projects that conserve and restore water ecosystems, including local lakes, rivers, and coastlines
* Programs or projects that protect and preserve open spaces, including local parks and trails
* The creation of community gardens that promote food security for those most in need

3. Good Neighbor Grants allow Darden to partner with vital organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, the American Red Cross and Feeding America food banks, which are core to the success and vibrancy of every community we serve. In Central Florida, Good Neighbor Grants also support educational, arts and cultural, and social services organizations. These grants are also reflected by the Foundation's partnerships with Heart of Florida United Way and United Arts of Central Florida.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134250

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

* All applicants must be 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) charitable organizations and cannot be a private foundation as defined in the Internal Revenue Code
* All applicants must not discriminate in their membership or provisional services on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law
* Sponsorships or advertising do not qualify for Foundation funding
* Grants for program funding are looked upon more favorably than operating/administrative support requests
* Grants for organizations serving a broad population base are looked upon more favorably

Generally, Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation does not support the following:
* Event sponsorships (walks, runs, etc.)
* National or local chapters of disease-specific organizations
* Health-related funding requests
* Religious organizations for religious purposes
* Political candidates or lobbying organizations
* National conferences, sports events and other one-time, short-term events
* Capital campaigns
* Travel expenses for groups or individuals
* Individuals seeking scholarships and
* Athletic team sponsorships or scholarships
* Fund-raising activities, such as galas, benefits, dinners, and sporting events
* Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals, or dinner programs
* Donations to fraternities or sororities

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Email: communityaffairs@darden.com

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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