Before you apply, see if your request meets our funding guidelines.
Learn About What We Fund Before Applying for a Grant
Nationwide Foundation grants fall into three categories:
- General operating support
- Project and/or program support
- Capital support (these grants are limited and considered on a case-by-case basis)
We make our funding decisions based on our Community Impact Model, supporting organizations in order of priority.
|Tier 1: Emergency and basic needs||Aligned to our business, Nationwide is there to help in an emergency. We partner with organizations that provide life's necessities.|
|Tier 2: Crisis stabilization||Before a crisis happens or after one hits, Nationwide holds the safety net. We partner with organizations that provide resources to prevent crises or help pick up the pieces after one occurs.|
|Tier 3: Personal and family empowerment||Nationwide helps at-risk youth and families in poverty situations who need tools and resources to advance their lives. We partner with organizations that assist individuals in becoming productive members of society.|
|Tier 4: Community enrichment||Nationwide understands the well-being of a community affects all who live in it. We partner with organizations that contribute to the overall quality of life in a community.|
We don’t fund the following:
|Organizations that are not tax-exempt under paragraph 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code||Fund-raising events such as walk-a-thons, telethons or sponsorships|
|Individuals for any purpose||Athletic events or teams, bands and choirs (including equipment and uniforms)|
|Debt-reduction or retirement campaigns||Research|
|Public or private primary or secondary schools||Requests to support travel|
|Groups or organizations that will re-grant the foundation's gifts to other organizations or individuals (except United Way)||Endowment campaigns|
|Veterans, labor, religious or fraternal groups (except when these groups provide needed services to the community at-large)||Lobbying activities|
As a general policy, because the foundation matches our associates’ United Way contributions dollar for dollar, organizations that receive support from United Way are ineligible to receive general operating support. But they may be considered for project and capital grants.
Also, we generally do not fund:
- National organizations (unless the applicant is a local branch or chapter providing direct services)
- Organizations located in areas with less than 100 Nationwide associates
In the following communities, the Nationwide Foundation will consider funding organizations from all four tiers of our funding priorities:
|Columbus, Ohio||Des Moines, Iowa|
In these following communities, only Tiers 1 and 2 of our funding priorities will be considered:
|Sacramento, Calif.||Denver, Colo.|
|Gainesville, Fla.||Atlanta (Metro), Ga.|
|Baltimore, Md.||Lincoln, Neb.|
|Raleigh/Durham, N.C.||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Canton, Ohio||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Harrisburg, Pa.||Philadelphia (Metro), Pa.|
|Nashville, Tenn.||Dallas (Metro), Texas|
|San Antonio, Texas||Lynchburg, Va.|
|Richmond, Va.||Wausau, Wi.|
If you have questions regarding your community, please email us before submitting a grant proposal.
I didn’t pass the eligibility quiz. Why not?
The quiz questions are designed to make sure that a request fits the Nationwide Foundation's funding guidelines. If you received a message that your proposal doesn’t meet the funding guidelines, the foundation regrets that we won’t be able to provide support. If you have questions about our funding guidelines, please email us.
If Sept. 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, does the deadline change?
No, the deadline is Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT regardless of when it falls.
Why isn’t my application listed once I’ve logged into my account?
If your application is not found, it’s most likely that the application wasn’t saved properly and you’ll need to start a new application.
I forgot my password. What do I do?
Go to the grant application page and click “Continue a saved application.” On the login page, click “Forgot your password? Click here." We’ll email your password to the email address you entered at the time you submitted or saved the application.
I’m trying to submit my application, but I keep getting a message saying that an attachment is missing.
Make sure that each “title of the document” matches up with each corresponding “file name” document. For example, if you’ve saved all of your documents under the “List Board of Directors” title, the system won’t recognize that you’ve attached all of the required documents.
Someone who left our organization previously saved an application. How can I access it?
Unfortunately, you’ll need to set up a new account under your email address. We can retrieve applications that have been submitted, but not those that were saved without being submitted. Email us if you need a copy of a previously submitted application.
I’m having technical issues. Where can I get help?
Email us! Please note that technical assistance is provided during standard business hours (M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT).