Truist Foundation Grant application

Truist was established from the merger of SunTrust and BB&T, whose deep heritage of philanthropy and community investment led to the launch of the Truist Foundation in March 2020.

After a transformative first year, we’re sharpening our strategic focus and redefining the impact we’ll have. To support this work, we’re adjusting our 2021 grant cycles. The final day for applications that fit the current focus areas is July 31, 2021.

We remain committed to an open, competitive application process. We’ll begin accepting applications aligned with our refined strategic focus areas at the beginning of 2022 for our March 31, 2022, deadline.

Apply for a Truist Foundation grant

The Truist Foundation supports our communities by investing in innovative nonprofits that align with our four key areas of focus: leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity.

We support one-time needs that are sustainable and don’t commit funds to recurring expenditures. Examples include funding for a new program launch, a curriculum to expand or strengthen a program, equipment to deliver a program and capital needs.

Capital campaign requests may be considered (1) if the purpose of the campaign aligns with the Foundation's priorities and (2) when the campaign is 60% complete toward its fundraising goal (including pledges), showing the campaign’s viability and community support.

We're not equipped to support:

  • Annual grants
  • General operations
  • Ongoing program operations
  • Endowments
  • Sponsorships

How to apply

We’re eager to hear from organizations that serve critical needs in their communities. Start a grant application through our online portal, and see our grant cycles below to learn when your application will be considered.

Application process

  • Submit your grant application through our online portal, and complete the Eligibility Quiz.
  • Applications should include a list of board of directors, an annual operating budget and a project or program budget specific to the request.
  • All applications will be reviewed in the requesting organization’s community.

Questions? See our FAQ. (PDF) or call 833.307.2351

Grant cycles

The Foundation has three annual grant cycles. The deadlines are:

  • March 31
  • July 31
  • November 30 Note: We are not accepting applications for the November 2021 deadline.

Application guidelines

All applications are submitted through the online portal. (To maintain a fair process, we can’t accept paper or verbal requests.)

When submitting an application, your organization's § 501(c)(3) status will automatically be verified by our online system, so there’s no need to submit a copy of your organization's § 501 (c)(3) federal tax exemption letter from the IRS.

However, if your organization is a § 509(a)(3) supporting organization, please include a letter from your chairman, executive director or legal counsel that outlines:

  • Whether your organization is a Type I, II or III supporting organization and the name of the supported organization(s)
  • If your organization is a Type III supporting organization, confirmation that your organization is functionally integrated with the supporting organization(s)
  • List of your organization's board of directors and their affiliations

Neither Truist teammates nor Truist Financial can receive direct or indirect benefits from the grant.

We award grants to fiscally sound organizations that serve critical needs in the community. Usually, grants will be made only to organizations with records of successful operation, without a deficit for at least a year. Because we’re focused on initiatives poised for maximum community impact, the Truist Foundation won’t consider requests for general operating support such as salaries, maintenance and debt service. We also don’t award to political organizations, churches, individuals, nonreligious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or organizations that foster or encourage racial, religious, class or other prejudices.

While reviewing grants, we also consider:

  • Organization/community coordination and support
  • Timeliness and precedence
  • Organization management and governance
  • Human value and self-help emphasis
  • Ultimate benefit to the community
  • Financial management and sources of income
  • Distinctive features
  • Community impact
  • Implementation of a strategic plan

Questions to consider when applying

  • Does the purpose of the project or program connect with leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities or educational equity?
  • What’s the sustainability plan for the project beyond this grant? Is it truly a one-time need?
  • Will the grant support programs and activities to build better lives in the community served?
  • Will the grant have an impact on one of the 18 listed locations?
    • Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia
  • Is the board of directors a good representation of the local community?
  • Does the organization have good management, and is it financially stable?
  • Is there any engagement with Truist teammates through board service or active volunteers?
  • Does the organization or specific program have an earned revenue stream to allow it less dependence on philanthropic donations?


The Truist Foundation stewardship guidelines

Generally, we require grantees to wait at least three years between their grant award and the next request. We do this because the Truist Foundation doesn’t make multiyear grants, nor do we support annual grants. This policy allows us to provide grantees with all funding at the time of the award to support longer-term needs.

We can’t grant all requests; however, if your organization does not receive a grant, there is no waiting period and you are welcome to apply again.