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Grants and Sponsorships

We provide two different types of funding: grants and sponsorships.

2019 Pending Funds

Our grant application is open once per year from January 1st – March 31st.

Our sponsorship application opens annually on January 1st.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more on the difference between grants and sponsorships, see our Frequently Asked Questions section below. 

What We Fund

The Foundation’s annual budget is $2 million. While this is substantial, there is a lot of need in our communities, so our giving is focused. Our grants vary in size and we rarely fund an entire program.

We look for proposals that have:

  • a well-planned approach to underlying issues or needs
  • a base of support
  • metrics to support success

We do not fund new programs. We instead focus on proven programs. We favor programs that focus on childhood hunger and children and families, but we also consider those in the health and human services, the environment, education, and the arts and recreation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Giving Area

VT and TX The vast majority of our funding is centered on central and northern VT and the Dallas, TX area where our employees live and work.

What We Don't Fund

For our general grants program, we don’t make grants for endowments, scholarships, higher education institutions, religious organizations, labor and fraternal groups, debt reduction or work that has already been completed. Additionally, we don’t make grants to individuals, daycare facilities, or for school trips. Finally, we don’t make grants to organizations that discriminate in any way on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Grants are made through our Foundation and are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Grants are donations that are intended to help a nonprofit continue the good work they do; we expect no promotion in return.

Sponsorships are typically for one-time events. Our expectation with a sponsorship is that we'll have the opportunity to promote our do good message in exchange for our contribution.

To be considered for a grant, your organization must be a public charity which is exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We focus our funding on charities that are in or serving the people of northern and central Vermont or the Dallas, Texas region, where most of our employees are based.

Learn more about exempt status from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

501(c)(3) nonprofits are welcome to apply, but nonprofit status is not required to be considered for a sponsorship.

When?

Our grant application is open once per year from January 1st – March 31st. All applications are reviewed and status is communicated within three months after the March 31st deadline.

Our sponsorship application opens annually on January 1st. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How?

Applications are accepted through our online portal. Use this link to submit your application during our enrollment period. You will be prompted to create or login to an account.

Please follow this link for further instructions on how to create or login to our online portal.

Though our Foundation budget is $2 million dollars, it funds all of our Do Good Programs. Therefore, requests should be appropriate to the project, reflect realistic expectations, and show diverse funding sources. 

Also, keep in mind that most of the grants we award are under $5,000. We often offer partial grants. In other words, a grant requesting $5,000 may be funded at the $3,000 level.

The short answer is yes; however, you can't apply for both a grant and a sponsorship for the same event or program. Receiving a grant and sponsorship in the same calendar year is rare.

We only require grant reports for grantees who are awarded $10,000 or more, and we send an email out about the reporting guidelines before they come due. (Grant reports are due in January of the following year.)

Though we do not ask for grant reports for any other grants, we are happy to be updated on your progress. Feel free to write us a short email to giving@nationallife.com, if you've got something noteworthy to share, or just to say hi!

Absolutely! Feel free to email us at giving@nationallife.com. (Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.)

 

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