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Overview

Bank of America, N.A. is proud to serve as trustee or co-trustee of a wide variety of discretionary charitable foundations. As steward of these charitable funds, we work to award meaningful grants in accordance with the philanthropic mission of each donor. Our Philanthropic Solutions group is committed to fulfilling the charitable intent of each and every donor and to providing useful information for the nonprofit community.

Using the search feature on this page you can obtain detailed information about the grantmaking focus of more than 140 foundations. These foundations' donors granted sole or co-discretion to Bank of America to design their grantmaking programs and carry out their philanthropic missions. We are pleased to share details about these foundations including their missions, guidelines, application procedures, proposal deadlines and contact information.

This site serves as an introductory portal for foundations distributing charitable grants primarily in the following states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

To help you gain a better understanding of Philanthropic Solutions, foundation research and the grantmaking process, we have responded to many common questions on the FAQ tab.

We hope you find these tools useful in your grant research.

Impact

Our Philanthropic Solutions group works to award meaningful grants in keeping with the philanthropic mission of each foundation.

Working with internal distribution committees or in conjunction with co-trustees, family members or external advisors, we carefully evaluate grant proposals and proactively seek opportunities to make grants that promote the philanthropic goals of each trust we hold—whatever its size or mission.

Each foundation is guided by the donor's unique mission to positively impact the communities it serves. To learn more about an individual foundation’s goals and giving interests, please use the search tool on this page.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

We hope these FAQs provide answers to common questions about U.S. Trust’s Search for Grants website and help guide your foundation and grantmaking research. Please review this information in conjunction with the state-specific application procedures highlighted on each foundation’s detail page.

  • Show AnswerHow do I find a foundation on this site that’s right for me?

    If you know the specific foundation you are researching, select the foundation name from the dropdown menu of foundations and select Go. You will then be directed to the foundation detail page, which provides information about the foundation's mission, application procedures, possible restrictions, contact information and grant history.

    If you do not know which foundation(s) you are researching, we have provided you with categorized dropdown menus of program type and geographic area served. You can search for a foundation using one or both criteria to find a potential match between the work your organization is doing and a foundation highlighted on this site. First, decide which program type best represents the work of your organization. For example, if your organization is a health clinic, select Health. Second, select the state your organization serves, for example, Connecticut. Once you select the criteria, select Find. In this example, you would be presented with a list of foundations that support health needs in Connecticut.

    Alternatively, if you want to search for all foundations across one or both criteria, you would choose All for program type and Connecticut for area served. You would then receive a list of all foundations funding in Connecticut. In your research, you will find that some foundations serve multiple program and geographic areas.

    If you would like to research all of the foundations, select All for both dropdown menus and select Find. The search tool will provide a listing of all foundations. You can then select a foundation name to review the foundation's mission, application procedures, possible restrictions, contact information and grant history. While in the foundation detail display, you can move between your search results using the Previous and Next buttons.

  • Show AnswerWhat foundations within U.S. Trust are listed on this site?

    We have provided background and application information for more than 140 foundations. These foundations typically have a discretionary grantmaking program, and U.S. Trust associates are involved in the management of the grantmaking program. As trustee or co-trustee, Bank of America, U.S. Trust designed grant programs that reflect the intent of the donor and is involved with additional foundations not highlighted on this site. For these foundations, donors often elected to focus the grantmaking scope or manage the grantmaking program themselves. For instance, some foundations exist to serve select program or geographic parameters where broader outreach is not appropriate. Alternatively, other foundations' grantmaking programs are managed by partners external to U.S. Trust and have alternate forms of communication.

    Additional foundations may be added to this site from time to time, so please check back periodically.

  • Show AnswerCan I apply online?

    Nearly all of the foundations presented on this site allow for online applications.

    Foundations requiring an online application will have an Apply now link, a Return to an application in progress link and an Online application help link in the Application and procedures section of the foundation detail page. Several foundations on the site still require hard copy proposals and will follow the process outlined on the foundation detail page or in the state-specific procedures. Unless otherwise stated, we do not accept applications via email or fax.

  • Show AnswerWhat social issues do the foundations support?

    The foundations serve a wide variety of social issues. Some foundations support many issues, while others are focused on a single issue. Please use the Find a foundation search feature on this site to identify each foundation's funding priorities.

  • Show AnswerIf my organization and/or grant request seems compatible with many of the foundations listed, how do I select which one? Can I apply to more than 1 foundation at the same time?

    This guidance is best provided by each regional or foundation contact. If you are broadly researching foundations in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia or Washington, please contact the U.S. Trust representative for the specific region. These contacts are listed in this FAQ tab as well as in the regional Procedures which are available on each of the foundation detail pages.

  • Show AnswerHow can I find more information about a particular foundation managed by U.S. Trust but not listed on this site?

    U.S. Trust is proud to partner with more than 4,000 foundations nationally. There are more than 140 foundations listed on this site (as of July 31, 2013) for which Bank of America serves as trustee or co-trustee, and we have been given discretion to design and implement grantmaking programs. In the majority of cases, however, the donors elected to focus the grantmaking scope or manage the grantmaking program themselves. For instance, some foundations exist to serve select program or geographic parameters where broader outreach is not appropriate. Alternatively, other foundations' grantmaking programs are managed by partners external to U.S. Trust and have alternate forms of communication.

    If you know the name of the foundation you are researching and it is not highlighted on this site, you can research the foundation's 990-PF on Guidestar.

    Additional foundations may be added to this site from time to time, so please check back periodically.

  • Show AnswerHow do I identify which foundations provide support for national organizations?

    The majority of the foundations highlighted on the site have geographically limited giving areas and only 3 of the foundations have a national focus at this time. If you are a national organization serving local needs through a targeted program or state office, you may wish to discuss your funding needs with the U.S. Trust contact to find out the best way to proceed before completing and submitting a proposal.

  • Show AnswerIf the list does not include a foundation serving the state where my organization works, do I have any options?

    We currently list foundations that primarily serve the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Additional foundations may be added to this site from time to time, so please check back periodically.

  • Show AnswerHow can I find out more about the grants made by each of the foundations on the site?

    You may access each foundation's most recent list of grantees by selecting the map or chart links in the foundation Grant history section of each foundation detail page. Some of the foundations have a single Grant history link. The map and chart links will bring you to an interactive U.S. map of foundation grants. Foundations now using the single Grant history link will direct you to the Foundation Center's Philanthropy In/Sight tool. In/Sight combines the Foundation Center's rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google Maps. Both of these tools use Foundation Center's database of U.S. grantmakers and grants.

    These tools allow you to sort by year, recipient type and subject of the grant as well as by state, county, city, ZIP code and Congressional district. The grant information is updated annually as part of our participation in the Foundation Center's electronic grant reporting program.

  • Show AnswerCan I speak with someone who can guide me toward applying for the proper foundation grant?

    We encourage you to contact us with questions about the application process. At the present time we can address questions regarding submissions to the foundation offices in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. For regional contact information, please see the list of bank contacts in the regional procedure documents.

  • Show AnswerWho is eligible to apply for a grant?

    Applicants must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundations do not consider grant requests from individuals and do not support organizations attempting to influence policy through direct lobbying or any political campaigns.

  • Show AnswerHow do we apply if we are a collaborative of nonprofits seeking support for a joint project?

    One member of the collaboration must take fiscal responsibility for receiving, monitoring and expending the grant. This organization should submit the completed proposal. Within the proposal, the collaborating organizations should explain the approach and shared responsibilities. All organizations should participate in the final reporting as well.

  • Show AnswerWhat are the grant application steps?

    First, using the Find a foundation search feature on this site, thoroughly research and identify a foundation. After you have selected the foundation and reviewed the foundation's detail page, review the Application and procedures section that outlines the specific application instructions and links to documents for further review. The state-specific procedures document is available in either PDF or Word format and details any specific requirements or steps that must be taken. This document also provides you with detailed contact information. Most foundations follow our standard grant application either in the online application format or as a downloadable PDF or Word document. For hard-copy proposals, the required documents should be submitted to the respective contact name and by the appropriate deadline outlined in the regional procedures.

  • Show AnswerHow do I know the state office managing the foundation toward which I am applying?

    On each of the foundation detail pages there is a section labeled Application and procedures. Within that section you will find the state office name. If no state is specified, please review the contact information provided in the regional procedures attachment on each foundation detail page.

  • Show AnswerFor the foundations that still require a hard-copy of the Standard Grant Application format, are there page limits for responses?

    Yes, however each state office still accepting hard-copy proposals has different requirements per foundation. Please refer to the state-specific application procedures document, which can be found on each of the foundation detail pages. We request that you not exceed the respective page limits.

    In most instances where foundations require online applications, the long text fields will indicate the word counts and limitation. Please see the online application help document or the specific foundation application for more detail. Answers will be truncated if they exceed the recommended word limit.

  • Show AnswerWho can I contact to discuss my request prior to submitting a proposal?

    If you still have questions after reading the foundation's regional procedures document, you may reach out via email to the state-specific office managing that foundation. You can also reach out directly to the bank contact noted within each of the regional procedures attachments.

    California
    ca.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Connecticut
    ct.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Georgia
    ga.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Illinois
    ilgrantmaking@ustrust.com

    Massachusetts and Maine
    ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Missouri
    ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    New York
    ny.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Rhode Island (Massachusetts office for Rhode Island foundations)
    ma.ri.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Texas
    tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com

    Virginia
    va.grantmaking@ustrust.com

    Washington
    wa.grantmaking@ustrust.com

  • Show AnswerWho can I contact to check the status of my application?

    We regret that we cannot respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of applications and appreciate your patience with the process. You will be notified in writing of the status of your application by each foundation's respective notification date.

  • Show AnswerWhat are the key grantmaking channels within Bank of America?

    Within Bank of America, there are 2 distinct groups that distribute charitable grants to the community: The Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the private foundations that are under management at U.S. Trust. The 2 groups have different grantmaking programs and application procedures, so you will need to research each separately. Learn more about The Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

    The Philanthropic Solutions group at U.S. Trust delivers a comprehensive suite of investment and charitable management services to help individuals and institutions build and sustain their missions. Many individuals and families establish private foundations as the cornerstones upon which they build their philanthropic legacies. Bank of America, N.A. serves as trustee, co-trustee or agent for more than 4,000 private foundations nationally (as of July 31, 2013). When a grant is awarded, it is a grant directly from the respective private foundation to which you applied and not a grant from Bank of America.

  • Show AnswerHow large is U.S. Trust's grantmaking program?

    Bank of America, N.A. serves as trustee, co-trustee or agent for more than 4,000 private foundations nationally (as of July 31, 2013). For a number of these foundations, we have been granted donor discretion. As appropriate, we have centralized information about these private foundations for ease in nonprofit fundraising research. The Search for Grants site currently provides the introductory portal to more than 140 of these private foundations.

Foundations on this site

Philanthropic Solutions manages the foundations on this site.

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Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Bank of America’s own charitable grantmaking program is administered by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.