Corporate Grants Your Nonprofit Should Apply for Right Now

Corporate grants are one way that for-profit companies like to give back to the community and a way for nonprofits to receive much-needed funding.  Corporate grants can be given to nonprofits at the national, regional, and local level by business of all sizes.  It might be a lengthy application period, but the payoff in the long run will outweigh the paperwork and proposals in the short-term.

Here are five corporate grants that your nonprofit should apply to:

  1. Lowe’s Community Partners Grants

Apply for a Grant

  • Who are the recipients?
    • Nonprofits with much-needed building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements.
  • Grant Award Range:
    • $2,000 to $100,000 with most recipients receiving between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Application Timeline:
    • Applications for the fall are open from June 29 – August 28, 2015. Applications take 90 days to review.  You will find out via email the status of your application once it’s reviewed.
  • Additional Information:
    • Lowe’s offers the Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program where employees from local stores can volunteer and supplement the labor of projects for the grant recipients.
  • Click here to learn more and apply.
  1. The Coca-Cola Foundation

Corporate Grants for Nonprofits

  • Who are the recipients?
    • The economic empowerment of women, access to clean water, healthy living and youth development programs are the priority areas of the foundation. However, The Coca-Cola Foundation will support local community organizations including arts and culture and community programs in the United States.
  • Grant Award Range:
    • Usually between $25,000 and $2,000,000.
  • Application Timeline:
    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Click here to learn more and apply.
  1. Wells Fargo Charitable Investment Program

Corporate Grants for Nonprofits

  • Who are the recipients?
    • It varies state-to-state. The Wells Fargo Charitable Investment Program operates at a state and local level.  Each state has different guidelines about who can participate and different priority causes.  Check the map to see if your nonprofit qualifies.
  • Grant Award Range:
    • The range varies by state.  Check your state’s guidelines for details.
  • Application Timeline:
    • Also varies by state.  Check your state’s guidelines for details.
  • Click here to learn more and apply

 

  1. Walmart Corporate Giving

Corporate Grants for Nonprofits

  • Who are the recipients?
    • National Giving Program: For nonprofits that operate on a national scope through chapters or through programs that operate locally funding to replicate program nationally.
    • State Giving Program: Benefits Nonprofits that operate at a regional/state level
    • Community Grant Program: Benefits Nonprofits that operate at a local level that have an impact in the service area of an individual Walmart Store, a Sam’s Club, or a Logistics Facility.
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program: Nonprofits that operate in Benton or Washington Counties in Arkansas
  • Grant Award Range:
    • National Giving Program – $250,000 and above
    • State Giving Program – $25,000 to $250,000
    • Community Giving Program – $250 to $2,500
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program – $10,000 and above
  • Application Timeline:
    • National Giving Program: Letter of Inquiries are reviewed on an ongoing basis
    • State Giving Program: Each state accepts applications during two short periods each year.  Click here to see when your state accepts applications.
    • Community Giving Program: The 2015 Grant Cycle starts February 1st and ends December 31st. Applications may be submitted at any time during this cycle
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program: Applications are reviewed either bi-monthly or four times a year depending on the type of nonprofit cause.
  • Click here to learn more about and apply to the four Walmart Giving Programs

 

  1. Citizens Bank Corporate Giving

Corporate Grants for Nonprofits

  • Who are the recipients?
    • Organizations that fight hunger, provide shelter, teach financial literacy, or strengthen communities through economic development.
  • Grant Award Range:
    • Awards vary based on the project the grant is needed for
  • Application Timeline:
    • Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The review period may take up to three months.
  • Click here to learn more about the grant program and apply.

You don’t need to be a large, nationwide nonprofit to receive corporate grants.  Many large and regional corporations will award grants to nonprofits of all sizes and causes.  Just make sure to keep track of when applications are due, what documents the corporation might need, and write an impressive proposal and you’ll receive the grants you need in no time.

 

 

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Danielle Sumislaski

Danielle is a Marketing and MIS student at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She is currently a Marketing Intern for both YOakleyPR and Subaru of America. She has previous Marketing experience in the sports, non-profit, and risk management industries.

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