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.
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 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.
Questions? See our FAQ. (PDF) or call 833.307.2351
The Foundation has three annual grant cycles. The deadlines are:
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:
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.
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.