American Express Community Giving

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Academic Success & Enrichment Vocational & Trade Education STEM Education Financial Literacy Entrepreneurship Climate Change Resilience Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Ex-offender Services Minority Services LGBTQIA+ Services Immigrant Services Green Economy & Jobs Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Indigenous Services Homelessness Services Military & Veterans Services Disability Care & Services Renewable/Sustainable Energy Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, New York, Utah Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, New York, Utah Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Overview:

Mission

It is our mission to support our customers, colleagues and communities by helping them achieve their aspirations and helping their communities thrive. This shapes our work as a responsible corporate citizen. We deliver high-impact funding and initiatives that support people, businesses and non-profit partners so that together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible organizations must: 
    • Certify tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Organizations outside the U.S. must be able to document nonprofit status.
    • Not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, citizenship, veteran or marital status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
  • Grant Criteria
    • Backing Equal Futures
      • Programs that provide skills and pathways to prepare youth (ages 13 - 30) for long-term success and the future of work. (Including the green economy, STEAM and digital futures)
        • Programs may include school-based, college, trade school, public service or workforce-related training or mentoring to support skill-building, education, the transition to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency for underrepresented populations.
        • Eligible organizations for “in need”, “at risk” or “underrepresented communities”, include those supporting racial, ethnic, and indigenous minorities, women, refugees, incarcerated/formerly incarcerated, unhoused and formerly unhoused people, veterans/VET families, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
      • Advocacy to support education and workforce development in underrepresented communities
        • Eligible organizations for “in need”, “at risk” or “underrepresented communities”, include those supporting racial, ethnic and indigenous minorities, women, refugees, incarcerated/formerly incarcerated, unhoused and formerly unhoused people, veterans/VET families, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
        • Programs may include school-based, college, trade school, public service or workforce-related training or mentoring to support the transition to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency for underrepresented populations.
    • Backing Small
      • Support for diverse small business owners and entrepreneurs through our 'Backing Small' initiative including grants, mentoring support, and technical assistance issued through established community partnerships.
      • Financial literacy education, training, and mentoring for underrepresented individuals and families to build financial awareness, fiscal acumen and success (including at school age grades 5-12, during higher education, or when individuals are entering/re-entering the workforce.
    • Backing Low-Carbon Communities
      • Innovative programs, partnerships, and action focused on urban energy transition, emissions reduction and efficiency that have measurable environmental and social impacts.
      • Community-led climate projects focused on nature-based or clean energy initiatives, including those led by diverse or underrepresented groups.
        • Engage American Express colleagues in local environmental initiatives through our Green2Gether program
        • At home energy efficiency initiatives
        • Local volunteering options to advance climate solutions, including 2-3 key environmental activations/year
      • Disaster relief and resilience building programs and initiatives in extreme weather prone areas and other locations where our colleagues and customers live and work to provide both immediate and/or long-term relief and community preparedness to natural and man-made disasters.

    Preferences:

    • Priority locations - your organization will have a better chance of receiving funding if it’s located in the following geographic areas:
      • United States
        • Arizona
        • New York
        • Utah
        • California
        • Florida
        • Washington D.C
      • Around the World
        • Australia
        • Canada
        • China
        • France
        • Germany
        • India
        • Italy
        • Japan
        • Mexico
        • Singapore
        • United Kingdom

    Ineligibility:

    • Please do not submit funding requests for:
      • Individual needs, including scholarships, sponsorships and other forms of financial aid.
      • Fund-raising activities, such as galas, benefits, dinners and sporting events.
      • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals or dinner programs.
      • Travel for individuals or groups.
      • Sectarian activities by religious organizations.
      • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns.
      • Books, magazines or articles in professional journals.
      • Endowments or capital campaigns, except restoration projects.
      • Traveling exhibitions (we will only consider each venue on its own).

    This page was last reviewed June 06, 2022 and last updated June 06, 2022