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Our Foundation

At National Life, our values are simple: Do Good, Be Good, and Make Good.


One of the ways we live those values is through our charitable foundation, where we can support the causes of qualifying nonprofits. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in the communities in which we live and work by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations. We do this in a number of ways, including providing grants through our Foundation, giving our employees 40 hours of paid volunteer time annually, sponsoring events, and offering in-kind donations.

What We Fund

The Foundation’s annual budget is $2,000,000. 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
  • A committed and skilled leadership team

We do not fund new programs. We focus on proven programs with metrics to support success. We also favor programs that focus on children and families but we also consider those in health and human services, the environment, education, and the arts and recreation. The vast majority of our funding is centered on central and northern Vermont and the Dallas, Texas, area where our employees live and work.

What We Don't Fund

We don’t make grants for endowments, scholarships, higher educational institutions (with the exception of our employee matching gift program), 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 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.

Who is Eligible?

To be considered for a grant, an organization must be a public charity which is exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Enrollment Periods & Application Information:

Main Street Grants:
October 15th through December 15th, 2019. Decisions will be made by the end of March 2019.

Main Street Grants will be awarded to Vermont State Designated Downtown Organizations that submit an application through the National Life Group Foundation. For more information on criteria, and how to apply, visit: https://www.nationallife.com/Our-Story/Main-Street-Grants

General Grants:
January 1st to March 31
st, 2019. Decisions will be made by May 31st, 2019 and if approved, checks will be sent by June 30th, 2019.

To apply beginning January 1st, 2019, login or create an account with Foundant using this link: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=nlgcf

Apply using the Corporate Sponsorship Request application.

Frequently Asked Questions:


What's the difference between a Grant and a Scholarship?

Grants are made through our charitable foundation and are available for nonprofits that qualify as a 501c3 under the Internal Revenue Code. 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 and are made from National Life Group, not the Foundation. Our expectation with a sponsorship is that we'll have the opportunity to promote the company at the event as well as leading up to it.

Can my organization ask for both a Grant and a Scholarship in the same calendar year?

The short answer is yes; however, you can't apply for both a grant and a sponsorship for the same event or program. Because our budget for both grants and sponsorships is limited, we also don't often do both for the same organization in the same year.

Additional Questions:

If you have any questions, please contact us at giving@nationallife.com.