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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States for Education,
Family Support, and Disaster Relief Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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USAA (United Services Automobile Association), USAA Bank and The USAA Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/15/19 - for Education and Safety and Natural Disaster Response projects.


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Grants starting at $1,000 to Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas, and Virginia nonprofits in eligible cities for projects and programs in the areas of STEM and financial education, response to natural disasters, and assistance for families in need. Projects must take place in communities where the Funding Source has a business presence: San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; Chesapeake, Virginia; Phoenix, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tampa, Florida.

Focus Areas:

Families in Need: Address basic human needs due to homelessness and hunger

Examples of in-scope projects:
- Reducing veteran homelessness
- Homelessness: to include temporary and permanent housing, transition services to promote self-sufficiency
- Prevention and intervention of homelessness
- Hunger: to include food collection and distribution
- Food banks

Education: Promote mastery of STEM and financial literacy among students and teachers

Examples of in-scope projects:
- Programs designed to help youth understand and master the concepts and challenges of basic personal finance
- Investments in proven programs to build a pipeline of STEM-capable students
- Opportunities to bring STEM diversity (girls, minorities)
- STEM/Financial Literacy professional development for educators

Safety and Natural Disaster Response: Support safety, prevention, and natural disaster relief efforts for communities served by USAA

Examples of in-scope projects:
- Loss mitigation programs that promote life safety and prevent property damage from natural disasters
- Support for community recovery after a natural disaster

In San Antonio only, proposals for projects in the following focus areas will be accepted by invitation:
- Arts and Culture, Economic Development (February 15 deadline)
- Workforce Development (August 15 deadline)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184964

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request that will be considered is $1,000.
The average grant awarded is between $5,000-$25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant applications are accepted for one-time, non-recurring program/projects only at this time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must have current tax exempt status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and:
- Must be formally organized;
- Must exist for charitable purpose; and,
- Must never distribute profits.

Please note all of the above criteria on tax exempt status must be met in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.

Additionally, to be considered for funding, your organization should:
- Be approved by Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c) organization for three (3) or more years prior to application;
- Demonstrate effective organizational, programmatic and financial objective setting and management;
- Provide evidence of broad-based support, with an accounting of funds received from public and private sources;
- Describe accurately and completely the target population to be served;
- Provide evidence that the proposed program/project is a response to a valid need, is superior to other competing services and/or encourages collaboration with other organizations for maximum leverage;
- Provide documentation of previous program success or substantial reasons to expect such success in the future; and,
- Instill confidence that programs have the capability to be sustained if/when grant support ends.

Requests for contributions to religious institutions (for example, churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship or related ecumenical groups) will be denied.

Programs of faith based organizations such as soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless or job banks sponsored by (for example, financial, material or volunteer support) or located within a faith-based organization’s or religious institution’s facilities may be eligible for contributions if it is determined that the program does not require beneficiaries to learn about, adhere to, or convert to the faith doctrine.

Examples of out-of-scope areas:
- Spousal and child abuse
- Mental health
- Substance abuse
- Children’s shelters
- Foster care
- Food pantries
- Arts and museums
- Non-STEM and financial literacy topics
- College scholarships
- Private and out-of-district charter schools
- Support for individual schools
- Police and fire department programs
- General consumer safety programs
- Car seats / cribs
- Terrorism / man-made disasters

USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc., do not provide financial support for unsolicited requests for any of the following:
- Athletic or sports teams
- Beauty pageants
- Books, films, audio, video, documentaries or other media productions
- Capital campaigns or projects
- Care packages
- Donations to individuals or groups not associated with a 501(c) nonprofit designation
- Facility construction, building enhancements or refurbishment
- Golf tournaments
- International non-profit organizations (outside the U.S.)
- Lobbying, political or fraternal activities
- Medical research
- Monuments, memorials, statues or similar displays
- Organizations that leverage fiscal agents or are pass-through agencies are typically not eligible to apply.
- Organizations that provide services primarily to animals
- Programs/projects that benefit a single branch of service
- Programs/projects that benefit a single person/family
- Promotion of commercial products
- Races or parades
- Recreational events
- Scholarship program requests (outside USAA campus communities)
- Solicitation of USAA employees
- Travel to competitions or other events

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1:
- Applications accepted January 1 - February 15
- Decisions will be rendered by May 15

Applications in these strategy areas will be accepted in USAA campus locations:
- Education
- Safety and Natural Disaster Response
- Arts and Culture (In San Antonio only, proposals for projects in these focus areas will be accepted by invitation.)
- Economic Development (In San Antonio only, proposals for projects in these focus areas will be accepted by invitation.)

Cycle 2:
- Applications accepted April 1 - May 15
- Decisions will be rendered by August 15

Applications in these strategy areas will be accepted in USAA campus locations:
- Families in Need
- Workforce Development (In San Antonio only, proposals for projects in these focus areas will be accepted by invitation.)

Contact Information:

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: Phoenix;   Colorado: Colorado Springs;   Florida: Tampa;   Texas: Dallas and San Antonio;   Virginia: Chesapeake