Community Possible Grant Program: Play, Work, & Home Grants

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Museums & Cultural Institutions Art Education Arts / Culture Access & Participation Playgrounds Music Education Early Childhood Development Art & Culture Youth Involvement in the Arts Youth Development & Leadership Parks & Public Spaces Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Business Development Employment Services Career/College Preparation Vocational & Trade Education Financial Literacy Affordable Housing Homeownership Supportive Housing & Shelters Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho Show all

Location of residency: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho Show all

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NOTE: For nonprofit organizations new to U.S. Bank Foundation, a Letter of Interest is available. Community Affairs Managers will review Letter of Interest submissions periodically to learn about new and innovative programs and organizations in their regions and markets. After reviewing a Letter of Interest, a Community Affairs Manager may reach out with a request for a full application. You can access the Letter of Interest by clicking the “Submit a letter of interest” link at the bottom of this page. Letters of Interest may be submitted at any time during the year.

Community Possible Grant

Through U.S. Bank’s Community Possible® grant program, we invest in efforts to create stable jobs, safe homes and communities.

Funding Types

Within these general guidelines, we consider the following funding request types:

Operating grants

An operating grant is given to cover an organization’s day-to-day, ongoing expenses, such as salaries, utilities, office supplies and more. We consider operating support requests from organizations where the entire mission of the organization fits a Community Possible grant focus area.

Program or project grants

A program or project grant is given to support a specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives and a predetermined cost. We consider highly effective and innovative programs that meet our Community Possible grant focus areas.

Capital grants

A capital grant is given to finance fixed assets. 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. U.S. Bank does not fund more than 1% of the non-endowment total capital campaign fundraising goal. All capital grant requests are reviewed and approved by the national U.S. Bank Foundation Board or by the U.S. Bank Foundation President.

Focus Area: PLAY

Creating vibrant communities through play.

Play brings joy, and it’s just as necessary for adults as it is for kids. But in low-income areas there are often limited spaces for play and fewer people attending arts and cultural events. That’s why we invest in community programming that supports ways for children and adults to play and create.

Access to artistic and cultural programming and arts education

Our investments ensure economic vitality and accessibility to the arts in local communities, as well as support for arts education. Examples of grant support include:

  • Programs that provide access to cultural activities, visual and performing arts, 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

Supporting learning through play.

Many young people across the country do not have the resources or access to enjoy the benefits of active play. Supporting active play-based programs and projects for K-12 students located in or serving low- and moderate-income communities fosters innovation, creativity, and collaboration and impacts the overall vitality of the communities we serve. Funding support includes:

  • Support for organizations that build or expand access to active play spaces and places that help K-12 students learn through play and improves the health, safety and unification of neighborhoods 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

Focus Area: WORK

Supporting workforce education and prosperity.

We know that a strong small business environment and an educated workforce ensure the prosperity of our communities and reducing the expanding wealth gap for communities of color. We provide grant support to programs and organizations that help small businesses thrive, allow people to succeed in the workforce, provide pathways to higher education and gain greater financial literacy.

Investing in the workforce.

We fund 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, career readiness training programs with comprehensive placement services for low- and moderate-income individuals entering or reentering the labor force

Providing pathways for educational success.

To address the growing requirements for post-secondary education in securing competitive jobs in the workplace, we support:

  • Organizations and programs that help low- and moderate-income and at-risk middle and high school students prepare for post-secondary education at a community college, university, trade or technical school and career readiness
  • Programs and initiatives at post-secondary institutions that support access to career and educational opportunities for low- and moderate-income and diverse students

Teaching financial well-being for work and life.

Financial well-being is not only critical for financial stability, it’s crucial in helping individuals be successful in the workplace. 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 member and veteran financial literacy

Focus Area: HOME

Working to revitalize communities one neighborhood at a time.

Children and families are better positioned to thrive and succeed in a home that is safe and permanent. Access to sustainable low-income housing is increasingly challenges for low-moderate income families. In response, our giving supports efforts that connect individuals and families with sustainable housing opportunities.

Access to safe, affordable housing

We provide financial support 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 steppingstone 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

Home ownership education

Owning and maintaining a home requires significant financial knowledge, tools, and resources. We support 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

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


  • 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, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or other factors that are protected by law
  • Organizations must be based in and serve designated U.S. Bank communities.
    • Our Community Possible 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 Carolina
      • North Dakota
      • Ohio
      • Oregon
      • South Dakota
      • Tennessee
      • Utah
      • Washington
      • Wisconsin
      • Wyoming


  • The U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible grant program will not provide funding for:
    • 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
    • Political organizations or organizations designed primarily to lobby
    • Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Fraternal organizations, merchant associations, chamber memberships or programs, or 501(c)(4) or (6) organizations
    • Section 509(a)(3) – Type III supporting organizations
    • Private foundations
    • Endowments or memorial campaigns
    • Fundraising events or sponsorships
    • Travel and related expenses including student trips and tours
    • Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance
    • Deficit reduction


This page was last reviewed November 19, 2022 and last updated August 15, 2022