Apply for a Truist Foundation grant

We support our communities by investing in innovative nonprofits that align with our key areas of focus: building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses

We support 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 in donations and pledges toward its fundraising goal, showing the campaign’s viability and community support.

We're not equipped to support:

  • Annual grants or general operations (United Way chapters are the exception.)
  • Churches
  • Conferences without a charitable focus
  • Documentaries and films
  • Endowments
  • Individuals
  • Individual public schools, PTAs
  • Medical or scientific research
  • Membership dues
  • Nonprofit hospitals that don’t primarily serve medically indigent people, including the uninsured
  • 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.
  • Political organizations
  • Private schools, unless the majority of students represent low- to moderate-income households or otherwise vulnerable children
  • Religious, veteran, or fraternal organizations, unless it’s a secular program or project benefitting the general community
  • Scholarships
  • Sponsorships or fundraising events
  • Sports booster clubs
  • Travel-related events, including student trips or tours

How to apply

We’re eager to hear from organizations that serve critical needs in their communities, by building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses. 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 online application FAQ or call 833.307.2351.

Grant cycles

  • We have three annual grant cycles. Requests should be received by:
  • March 31
  • July 31
  • November 30 (We’re not accepting applications for the Nov. 30, 2021, deadline. The 2021 grant cycle is closed.)

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

Please note that we can’t support Private Foundations.

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, we won’t consider requests for general operating support such as salaries, maintenance, and debt service.

While reviewing grants, we also consider:

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

Questions to consider when applying

  • Does the purpose of the project or program connect with career pathways to economic mobility or strengthening small businesses?
  • What’s the sustainability plan for the project beyond this grant?
  • 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 organization’s leadership diverse and representative of the local community?
  • Does the organization have a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement?
  • 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 them 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.

Of course, we can’t grant all requests. But if your organization doesn’t receive a grant, there’s no waiting period to apply again.

Online application FAQ

Grant request questions

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See our key areas of focus and more on our homepage.

Although we understand that nonprofits have multiple needs, we’d like all applicants to choose the focus area that’s the best fit.

We don’t have a set amount or average grant size. The minimum grant is $5,000. Grant amounts are based on the strength of the program and how many people it impacts as well as how it aligns with our pillars and mission. We like to build our giving amounts as we build a relationship with the grantee.

If you submitted your application by the posted deadline, you’ll receive an email notification of the decision approximately four months after the deadline. Thank you for your patience as we work through the internal review and meeting process. 

Application and technology questions

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From the top of this page, select Apply online. Then, select New Applicant? Enter the email address you want assigned to this account, and create a password. Once you create an online account, you’ll receive an email notification that includes the email address and password required to access your saved application. Add mail@grantapplication.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to make sure that messages arrive in your inbox.

The account used to submit this grant request, if approved, will be linked to any future requirements and reports.

Once the application has been started, you can print a copy by selecting Printer-Friendly Version located in the top right-hand corner of the application page.

The eligibility questions will guide you to the correct application.

You’ll need to include a list of your organization’s board of directors and annual operating budget. If applicable, you may be asked to include information on a project or program budget and clarification of supporting organization status.

Yes. Just select Save and Finish Later at the bottom of the application page you’re on. When you’re ready to continue entering information, go to the grant application sign-in page. You’ll be asked to enter your account email address and password before accessing your saved application.

Go to the grant application sign-in page. You’ll be asked to enter your account email address and password before accessing your saved application.

If you selected Save and Finish Later the last time you worked on your application, you should have an email from mail@grantapplication.com. In the email, there’s a link to the grant application sign in page. You’ll be asked to enter your account email address and password before accessing your saved application. Once you enter the portal using the link provided, filter by in progress applications on the right-hand side. 

Once the application is completed, select Review & Submit at the bottom of the last page of the application. Once your application has been submitted, we’ll send a confirmation email to the email address you used to create your online grant application account. Add mail@grantapplication.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to make sure that messages arrive in your inbox. To maintain a fair process, we can’t accept paper or verbal requests.

The application is compatible with these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome for Windows or Macintosh, latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox for Windows or Macintosh, latest version
  • Safari for Macintosh

Select Forgot password? From the sign in screen. We’ll send an email to your account email address with a temporary password and an opportunity to create a new password. If you don’t receive an email, the account sign-in username you entered wasn’t valid.

Before resetting your password, confirm you’re visiting this site when trying to sign in. Next, verify you’re not using an old account from a SunTrust Foundation email. If it’s a SunTrust Foundation account, you’ll need to create a new Truist account. We also recommend adding mail@grantapplication.com to your email safe list because it’s often caught in junk mail. If the issue continues, set up a new account under a different email address.

Check that your internet browser is compatible with the online grant application. If it is, try deleting your browser history and cache.

If your EIN isn’t recognized, it’s because it doesn’t appear as a tax-exempt entity in Guidestar Candid or the IRS Business Master File. There are several possible reasons why it doesn’t appear, including if your organization is a government-related entity, is newly established, or is a religious organization. We only grant to organizations that are listed as eligible nonprofit organizations that can go through Guidestar’s charity check process.

We aren’t able to modify applications after we receive them. The only way you can correct or update your application is to resubmit a new proposal. If you proceed with a new application please email truistfoundation@truist.com to request that we delete your initial application.

Attachment questions

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Confirm that you’ve uploaded all the required attachments. After you choose Browse to locate the file you want to attach, make sure you select the Upload button.

Go to the Review My Application tab of your application. Navigate to the attachment you want to change. Select Remove. You can then upload a new attachment.

Approved grant requirement questions

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Make sure the email address used to access the online account is the same one used to submit the original grant request. The Grant Acknowledgment Form and/or Grant Report are linked to that account. If you no longer have access to that account, email truistfoundation@truist.com.

Once you’ve signed in, there are two tabs at the top of the page. Select the Requirements tab. Then, use the dropdown menu on the right side of the screen to check New Requirements, In Progress Requirements, and Submitted Requirements.

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