2021 USAA Grant Application Process
USAA provides philanthropic support to many impactful nonprofit organizations that serve the military and USAA’s local campus communities. In 2020, USAA and The USAA Foundation Inc. directed philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations supporting the military and communities where we have significant presence. For more information on USAA’s Corporate Responsibility program and areas of focus, please visit www.usaa.com/corporateresponsibility.
USAA continues to provide grant funding on an invitation-only basis and will not accept or respond to unsolicited grant proposals or requests for funding submitted outside of this 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 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. We do not anticipate funding many new nonprofit alliances.
Organizations not receiving an invitation code, or who may not be eligible for grant consideration may be eligible to engage in USAA’s employee volunteer and matching gift programs, which provide a significant source of community impact each year. Please see section on “USAA Employee Giving and Volunteerism”.
One Grant Cycle in 2021
USAA will send grant application invitation codes for strategy areas (listed below) during one grant cycle in 2021. Grants may be focused on core programs, events/sponsorships and COVID-related needs.
Key dates and information can be found in the table below.
Open Application Period for Existing Alliances receiving an invitation code from USAA
April 1 – May 15, 2021
Notification of Approved/Declined Applications
No later than July 31, 2021
Approved Grant Payments Received By
Within 60 days of approval
National Strategy Areas:
- Military Caregivers
- Families of the Fallen
- Wounded, Ill & Injured
- Military Children
- Financial Readiness
- Fulfilling Careers for Veterans & Military Spouses
- Racial Equality
Local Strategy Areas (where USAA has a presence):
- Families in Need (hunger & homelessness)
- Education (STEM & Financial Literacy)
- Safety & Natural Disaster
- Arts & Culture
- Racial Equality
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, and The USAA Foundation, Inc., help the national military community and the communities where USAA employees live and work. Our contributions are designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations with current 501(c) tax exempt status. 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 the 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 similar services and/or encourages collaboration with other organizations for maximum impact;
- 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.
Ineligible Types of Charitable Contribution Requests
Because of our focus, we cannot support every worthy request we receive. USAA, USAA Bank and The USAA Foundation, Inc., do not provide financial support for any of the following:
Athletic or sports teams
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
Golf, or other tournaments
International non-profit organizations (headquartered outside of the U.S.)
Lobbying, political or fraternal activities
Medical research (some exceptions around COVID-19)
Monuments, memorials, statues or similar displays
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
Charitable walks, races or parades
Scholarship program requests (outside USAA campus communities)
Solicitation of USAA employees
Travel to competitions or other events
USAA, USAA Bank 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.
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.
Requests for contributions to religious institutions (for example, churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship or related ecumenical groups) will be denied.
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.