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Travelers Grant - Academic and Career Success

Grants to Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul,
Minnesota Nonprofits for Educational Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Travelers Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/30/18

Description:

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Grants to Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul, Minnesota nonprofits for programs that provide educational opportunities to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Applicants must go through a pre-application process before receiving an invitation to apply. Funding is intended to foster achievement in the learning environment that will lead to success in the workplace.

Funding is intended for initiatives that focus on grades 5-12 public school students, students transitioning from high school to post-secondary education, and students studying in a range of post-secondary educational frameworks. Collaborative efforts and initiatives that fit more than one of the priority funding areas will receive greater consideration.

Travelers addresses community and corporate needs for a skilled workforce, sustained economies, and better quality of life through these focus areas:

- Middle and High School Academic Achievement: Travelers funds initiatives that are fostering improved academic achievement for middle and/or high school students.
- College Preparation and Degree Attainment: Travelers supports organizations that are building awareness of and personal readiness for post-secondary education and educational initiatives that increase the number of students who attend two- or four-year colleges and/or improve degree completion for underrepresented students.
- Career Awareness and Readiness: Travelers supports educational initiatives that are building awareness of and preparation for careers in insurance and financial services.
- Education Equity: Travelers supports organizations that are working on a systemic level to reduce academic achievement gaps and enable educational opportunity for low-income and minority students.

Grantmaking will be focused on Hartford, Connecticut; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and selected locations where Travelers has a significant business presence. A particular interest is in initiatives that affect the neighborhoods where Travelers offices are located.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179495

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Contributions will be made only for the charitable and volunteer efforts of nonprofit organizations [501(c)(3) in U.S. or 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.
- Grantmaking will be focused on Hartford, Conn.; Saint Paul, Minn.; and selected locations where Travelers has a significant business presence. Initiatives that affect the neighborhoods where Travelers offices are located receive special priority.
- 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 Travelers does business; and those in which a collective impact or collaborative approach is used.
- 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, gender, religion, culture, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a military veteran or genetic information.
- Sectarian 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:
https://www.travelers.com/community-relations/about-giving/apply.aspx

Stage 1:
- The 2018 Grant Cycle will open on January 2, 2018 for applications.
- Submit the pre-application at least three weeks before the application deadline.
- Once your pre-application has been reviewed, Travelers will invite full proposals only from those organizations that best align with the Foundation's community goals and guidelines.

Stage 2:
- Complete the full application
- Notification of approval or decline via email
- Checks delivered within 120 days of Stage 2 submission

Contact Information:

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

Pre-application portal:
https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fapplication.aspx%3fSA%3dSNA%26FID%3d35057%26sid%3d195&SA=SNA&FID=35057&sid=195

Marlene Ibsen
Vice President, Community Relations
CEO & President, Travelers Foundation
Phone: 860.277.9039
Email: mibsen@travelers.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Hartford;   Minnesota: St. Paul