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Grants to Minnesota and Connecticut Nonprofits in Eligible
Cities to Benefit Residents in Underserved Communities

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Deadline Date:

09/13/21 - For Thriving Neighborhood Grantees


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Grants to Minnesota and Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to benefit residents in underserved communities. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to improve career and academic success, develop prosperous neighborhoods, and create culturally enriched communities. Funded activities must benefit residents of Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Travelers believes that strong communities are sustained by educational and economic opportunities; with a focus on equity and inclusion, they are dedicated to assisting their communities in generating those opportunities. 

Their primary focus is educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow’s workforce. In addition, Travelers contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small business support and neighborhood revitalization, and that enhance lives and learning through arts and culture.

Travelers accepts grant applications exclusively for Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul, Minnesota, primarily for project, program and operating support and for limited capital opportunities in the following three areas:

  • Academic & Career Success: Travelers supports initiatives that improve academic achievement and career success for underrepresented youth, specifically targeted at public school students in grades five through 12, students in transition to post-secondary education, and students in post-secondary learning environments.
    • Middle & High School Academic Achievement
    • College Preparation & Degree Attainment
    • Career Awareness & Readiness 

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  • Thriving Neighborhoods: Travelers supports organizations that help create and maintain safety, stability and vitality in local neighborhoods.
    • Accessible, Safe Housing 
    • Successful Small Businesses 
    • Resilient Communities 

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  • Culturally Enriched Communities: Travelers supports organizations that build communities and enrich lives through access for low-income and underrepresented communities to arts and culture, and that use the arts to contribute directly to enhanced academic learning.
    • Arts Education 
    • Arts & Diversity
    • Enhancing Communities Through the Arts

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178044

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following applies to all corporate and foundation charitable contributions and community sponsorships made by Travelers:
- Contributions will be made only for the charitable and volunteer efforts of nonprofit organizations with status as an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) in the U.S. or Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity in Canada.
- Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to their communities by ensuring that their governing bodies include representatives from within the community and projects that directly serve low-income communities.
- Giving will be focused on Hartford, Conn.; Saint Paul, Minn.; and selected locations where Travelers has a significant business presence. Travelers takes particular interest in initiatives that affect the neighborhoods where their offices are located.
- National organizations may receive support for specific initiatives that fit within the Travelers funding priorities. Special consideration will be given to those national requests that support or leverage the potential of other grantees; those that directly aid local initiatives where they do business; and those in which a collective impact or collaborative approach is used.
- Collaborative efforts and initiatives that fit more than one of the priority funding areas will receive greater consideration.
- Support for public entities will be considered on a limited basis. Special consideration will be given when there is a nonprofit partner in a leadership role in the proposed activities or where a collective impact or collaborative approach is used.

Contributions will generally not be granted for:
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by local, state or federal law.
- Religious organizations, unless it can be shown that the organization is seeking charitable funds in the direct interest of the whole community.
- Fraternal organizations.
- Political or lobbying organizations.
- Scholarships or other direct funding to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant process is a two-phase process, consisting of a pre-application (stage 1) and a full application (stage 2). Please keep in mind that the full application is by invitation only, based on review of your pre-application.

Listed below are the grant application deadlines* for 2021:
- Cycle 1: February 8, 2021 - Culturally Enriched Communities Grantees
- Cycle 2: April 5, 2021 - Academic & Career Success Grantees
- Cycle 3: September 13, 2021 - Thriving Neighborhood Grantees

*The second part of your application (stage 2) will be due on the above dates, therefore, Travelers recommends you initiate the pre-application (stage 1) at least three weeks before these deadlines.

Once your pre-application has been reviewed, Travelers will invite full proposals only from those organizations that best align with their community goals and guidelines. Funding requests are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed quarterly.

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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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