Important Changes to the USAA Grant Application Process
USAA provides philanthropic support to many impactful nonprofit organizations that serve the military and USAA’s local campus communities. Effective Wednesday, April 1, USAA will limit requests for funding via invitation-only.
Moving forward, USAA will not accept or respond to unsolicited grant proposals or requests for funding submitted outside of the invitation-only process. Please do not submit requests via email, text, phone or U.S. mail, as these requests will not receive a response from USAA. We appreciate your understanding.
We have limited funding available for organizations not currently funded by USAA, USAA Bank or The USAA Foundation, Inc., and will continue to prioritize funding for existing alliances. At this time, we do not anticipate funding many new nonprofit alliances.
Important Message to Nonprofits who 1) applied during Cycle 1 2020, or 2) are planning to apply in Cycle 2 2020:
- Cycle 1 2020 - all applications received are currently in review. Applicants will receive notification on or before Friday, May 15 as previously published.
- Cycle 2 2020 – current alliances, and a select number of new alliances, will receive an invitation code and communication regarding the new process by Thursday, April 30.
USAA remains committed to our Mission to facilitate the financial security of our members and to provide meaningful support to military families and our communities through philanthropic investment, employee giving and volunteerism. Thank you for your efforts to improve lives within the military and local community.
Welcome to the USAA online system for charitable contribution proposals!
USAA, the USAA Bank, The USAA Educational Foundation and The USAA Foundation, Inc., help the national military community and the communities where USAA employees live and work. Through strategic giving and community relationships, we strive to positively impact the lives of the military community and our local communities.
Our contribution programs are designed for nonprofit organizations with current 501(c) tax exempt status, which means that only authorized representatives of charitable or other exempt organizations should submit applications.
Below are helpful tools, criteria and timelines to guide you in our submission process.
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We look forward to receiving your proposal.
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Organizations must have current tax exempt status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and:
- Must be formally organized;
- Must exist for charitable purpose; and,
- Must never distribute profits.
Please note all of the above criteria on tax exempt status must be met in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.*
*Recommended guidelines from the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. For more information on the above criteria, please visit http://cecp.co/measurement/global-measurement/global-corporate-report-new.html
Additionally, to be considered for funding, your organization should:
- Be approved by Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c) organization for three (3) or more years prior to application;
- Demonstrate effective organizational, programmatic and financial objective setting and management;
- Provide evidence of broad-based support, with an accounting of funds received from public and private sources;
- Describe accurately and completely the target population to be served;
- Provide evidence that the proposed program/project is a response to a valid need, is superior to other competing services and/or encourages collaboration with other organizations for maximum leverage;
- Provide documentation of previous program success or substantial reasons to expect such success in the future; and,
- Instill confidence that programs have the capability to be sustained if/when grant support ends.
If at any time through the process additional information or clarification is required, you will be contacted directly. Additional information could include formal presentation requests, updates to increase/decrease budgets and programs, clarification on logic model, employee engagement process and more.
Ineligible Types of Charitable Contribution Requests
Because of our focus, we cannot support every worthy request we receive. USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc., do not provide financial support for unsolicited requests for any of the following:
Athletic or sports teams
USAA and The USAA Foundation, Inc., (the “Foundation”) reserves the right not to support or contribute funds to any non-profit organization that denies service or assistance to anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.
Books, films, audio, video, documentaries or other media productions
Capital campaigns or projects
Donations to individuals or groups not associated with a 501(c) nonprofit designation
Facility construction, building enhancements or refurbishment
International non-profit organizations (outside the U.S.)
Lobbying, political or fraternal activities
Monuments, memorials, statues or similar displays
Organizations that leverage fiscal agents or are pass-through agencies are typically not eligible to apply.
Organizations that provide services primarily to animals
Programs/projects that benefit a single branch of service
Programs/projects that benefit a single person/family
Promotion of commercial products
Races or parades
Scholarship program requests (outside USAA campus communities)
Solicitation of USAA employees
Travel to competitions or other events
Requests for contributions to religious institutions (for example, churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship or related ecumenical groups) will be denied.
Programs of faith based organizations such as soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless or job banks sponsored by (for example, financial, material or volunteer support) or located within a faith-based organization’s or religious institution’s facilities may be eligible for contributions if it is determined that the program does not require beneficiaries to learn about, adhere to, or convert to the faith doctrine.
USAA Employee Giving & Volunteerism
The health and safety of our employees, and our ability to continue serving our members, remain top priorities for USAA. For that reason, we have temporarily suspended our employee volunteer program until further notice.
In the meantime, we know nonprofits in our community are in need of support. USAA is amplifying nonprofit contributions given by USAA employees, providing a limited time 2:1 match to select nonprofit organizations supporting COVID-19 response and a 1:1 match for all other donations, up to $500 per employee annually. This support further benefits military and local causes where our employees personally engage.
To be eligible for USAA Serves as an option for USAA employee giving: Nonprofits must complete an annual self-certification through Benevity
and meet the following criteria:
- Be in good standing with the IRS and be a 501(c)3
- Have all the licenses and registrations that are required of it by all relevant regulatory authorities in its governing jurisdiction.
- Be in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Political parties, political organizations or political campaigns are not eligible.
- Because we value diversity and inclusion, USAA will not sponsor any charitable organization that discriminates against any person or group of people in its hiring and employment practices, codes of conduct, programs, services or in any other aspect of its operations or activities based on that person or group of people's personal characteristics or attributes.
About The USAA Foundation, Inc.
The USAA Foundation, Inc.'s purpose is to lead and inspire actions that improve lives in the communities we serve. The USAA Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization, does not endorse or promote any commercial supplier, product or service. USAA is the sponsor of The USAA Foundation, Inc.
About The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
USAA Bank reinvests in communities to make affordable housing, community services and economic development opportunities more accessible for low- and moderate-income military individuals and families.