Community Possible Grant Program: Play Grants

U.S. Bank Foundation

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Deadline: Jan 31, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Early Childhood Development Youth Development & Leadership Playgrounds Youth Involvement in the Arts Art & Culture Music Education Arts / Culture Access & Participation Art Education Museums & Cultural Institutions Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

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

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

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About this funder:



Community Possible Grant

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. While the U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it's impossible to fund every request. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, we focus our grant giving to fund economic development issues tied to Work, Home, and Play.

Focus Area: PLAY

Artistic and Cultural Enrichment & Learning Through Play

Play brings joy. It is beneficial for problem solving, creativity, and relationships. Play is 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 activities. 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 & 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, 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

Many young people across the country do not have the resources and/or access to enjoy the benefits of active play. Supporting active play based programs and projects for K-12 students in 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 improving the education, 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

Funding Types

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

Program / Project Grants

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. We consider highly effective and innovative programs that meet our Community Possible grant focus areas.

Operating Grants

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

Capital Grants

NOTE: 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.

A Capital grant that is part of an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance fixed assets. 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.

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 Dakota
      • Ohio
      • Oregon
      • South Dakota
      • Tennessee
      • Utah
      • Washington
      • Wisconsin
      • Wyoming


  • 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) organizations 
    • 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