Community Possible Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Arts, College Readiness,
Workforce, Financial Literacy, Housing, and Active Play for Children

GrantWatch ID#: 180060
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

US Bank Foundation

08/31/17 - Home Grants Only (Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization)

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Grants to USA nonprofits in multiple states for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture, and learning through play. Funding is intended for programming, operational expenses, and capital projects. The following grant categories are being offered:

- Work – Workforce Education and Economic Prosperity
- Home – Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization
- Play – Artistic and Cultural Enrichment and Learning Through Play

Funding details:

"Work" Grant Category: Includes Workforce, Postsecondary Education Preparation, and Teaching Financial Literacy

Investing in the Workforce
The Foundation supports organizations that provide training for small business development, as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels, to ensure they have the capability to gain employment that supports individuals and their families. Examples of grant support include:
- Small business technical assistance programs
- Job-skills and career readiness training programs with comprehensive placement services for low- and moderate-income individuals entering or reentering the labor force

Providing Pathways for Success to Postsecondary Education
To address the growing requirements for postsecondary education in securing competitive jobs in the workplace, the following are supported:
- Organizations and programs that help low- and moderate-income and at-risk high school students prepare for postsecondary 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 Well-being for Work and Life
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" Grant Category: Includes Access to Safe, Affordable Housing and Homeowner Education

Providing Access to Safe, Affordable Housing
Financial support is given to assist people in developing stability in their lives through access to safe, sustainable, 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 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 Homeownership Education
Programs that assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers and existing homeowners. Examples of grant support include:
- Homebuyer education
- Pre- and post-purchase counseling and coaching
- Homeownership-retention programs designed to provide foreclosure counseling

"Play" Grant Catogory: Includes Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming, Arts Education, and Learning through Play.

Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming and 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 - Active play based programs and projects for K-12 students in low- and moderate-income communities. Projects should foster innovation, creativity, and collaboration and impacts the overall vitality of the communities. 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 well-being, 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

U.S. Bank Places to Play Program – Currently Available in Minnesota
This program is a collaboration between U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings which provides grant funding to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in low- and moderate-income communities in Minnesota to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local play spaces. This grant making initiative focuses on creating or improving parks, playgrounds, and indoor/outdoor athletic facilities, and repairing existing trails.

Funding request cateogries:

- 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. Highly effective and innovative programs that meet the focus areas are considered
- An Operating grant is given to cover an organization's day-to-day, ongoing expenses, such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc. Operating support requests are considered from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible grant focus area.

- A Capital grant is given to support part of an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance major needs of an organization such as a building or major repair project. 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. All capital grant requests are reviewed and approved by the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board or by the U.S. Bank Foundation President.

Organizations must have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3) and certify that they maintain a nondiscrimination policy that ensures 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.

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)
- 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.

Funding is focused on the following states:
- Arizona
- Arkansas
- California
- Colorado
- Idaho
- Illinois
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Kentucky
- Minnesota
- Missouri
- Montana
- Nebraska
- Nevada
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Ohio
- Oregon
- South Dakota
- Tennessee
- Utah
- Washington
- Wisconsin
- Wyoming

Community Possible Pillar Application Cycles:

- Play: February 1 – March 15
- Work: April 1 – May 31
- Home: July 1 – August 31

For more information on U.S. Bank Places to Play Program (Minnesota only), visit:

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