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:
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.
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.
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.
Main Street Grants:
The enrollment period is now closed.
The enrollment period is now closed. Decisions will be made by May 31st, 2019 and if approved, checks will be sent by June 30th, 2019.
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Sponsorship applications are now closed for the remainder of 2019.
What's the difference between a Grant and a Sponsorship?
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.
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