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Nationwide Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Emergency
Needs, Family Support, and Community Development

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Foundation / Corporation

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Nationwide Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 11:59 PM EDT - Deadline for Grant requests; Sponsorship requests may be submitted from 01/01/18 to 10/01/18.


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Grants to California, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations to benefit eligible communities. Funding is generally available for projects and program support, general operating support, and capital support. Priorities include emergency and basic needs, crisis stabilization, personal and family empowerment, and community enrichment.

Please note that capital support grants are limited and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Nationwide Foundation makes funding decisions based on a four-tier giving structure called the Community Impact Model.

Community Impact Model

Funding Priority:

Tier 1: Emergency and basic needs
Nationwide Foundation partners with organizations that provide life's necessities.

Tier 2: Crisis stabilization
Before a crisis happens or after one hits, Nationwide holds the safety net. Nationwide partners with organizations that provide resources to prevent crises or help pick up the pieces after one occurs.

Tier 3: Personal and family empowerment
Nationwide helps at-risk youth and families in poverty situations who need tools and resources to advance their lives. Nationwide partners with organizations that assist individuals in becoming productive members of society.

Tier 4: Community enrichment
Nationwide understands the well-being of a community affects all who live in it. Nationwide partners with organizations that contribute to the overall quality of life in a community.

The Nationwide Foundation accepts applications from nonprofits in the following communities. Emphasis is placed on Tier 1 and Tier 2 organizations in these communities:

-Brea/Orange County, CA
-Columbus (Metro), OH
-Denver, CO
-Des Moines, IA
-Gainesville, FL
-Harleysville, PA
-Harrisburg, PA
-Raleigh (Metro), NC
-Sacramento, CA
-San Antonio, TX
-Scottsdale/Phoenix (Metro), AZ
-Wausau, WI

Funding is also available for event sponsorships for nonprofits. Sponsorship decisions will be based on the Community Impact Model.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165314

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not Funded:
-Organizations that are not tax exempt under paragraph 501(C)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
-Organizations that, in their constitution discriminate against a person or group on the basis of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, genetic information, religion, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law
-Veterans, labor, religious or fraternal groups (except when these groups provide needed services to the community at large)
-Groups or organizations that will re-grant the foundation’s gifts to other organizations or individuals (except United Way)
-Public or private primary or secondary schools
-Athletic events or teams, bands and choirs
-Individuals for any purpose
-Lobbying activities
-Fund-raising events such as walk-a-thons, telethons, and sponsorships
-Debt-reduction or retirement campaigns
-Endowment campaigns
-Requests to support travel

As a general policy, because the foundation matches its associates’ United Way contributions dollar for dollar, organizations that receive support from United Way are ineligible to receive general operating support. But they may be considered for project and capital grants.

Also, the Foundation generally does not fund:
-National organizations (unless the applicant is a local branch or chapter providing direct services)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for grant requests is Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Grant recipients will be notified by March 31, 2019.

Application Instructions:

Nonprofits may also apply for an event sponsorship, from January 1 to October 1. Submit requests 90 days prior to an event.

More information about applying for Event Sponsorship may be found here:

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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: Scottsdale/Phoenix (Metro);   California: Brea/Orange County and Sacramento;   Colorado: Denver;   Florida: Gainesville;   Iowa: Des Moines;   North Carolina: Raleigh (Metro);   Ohio: Columbus (Metro);   Pennsylvania: Harleysville and Harrisburg;   Texas: San Antonio;   Wisconsin: Wausau