Grants that promote access to housing, grants for construction and community development improvements
Looking for grants for housing or to improve your community through new construction or to improve access to housing? The Instrumentl team has compiled this list of housing grants to get you headed in the right direction.
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Fluor Giving Programs
Fluor's giving programs focus support on organizations around the world where the company has a presence (see locations here). Fluor and The Fluor Foundation contributed more than $7.5 million in 2016 in financial support to community initiatives and programs.
Areas of Focus
EducationFluor believes education, particularly the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), is a foundational component of success in the 21st century. Therefore, Fluor supports higher education and university STEM programs, as well as those benefiting grades K-12 (approximately ages 6 to 18), with particular emphasis on:
- STEM teacher training and professional development
- Middle and high school (approximately ages 12 to 18) STEM programs
While Fluor generally does not provide funding directly to school clubs or events, it does fund selected universities to support engineering programs, scholarships and student association programs.
Social ServicesAs a global company, working in both developed and underdeveloped countries, we recognize how important it is to ensure that people have access to basic needs. To this end, we support organizations that:
- Provide food, such as food banks and meal services charities
- Shelter the homeless, abused and orphans
- Offer prevention programs and emergency services during crises, such as food, shelter and counseling
Community and Economic DevelopmentIf communities thrive, so do the businesses and residents that work and live there. No doubt, the stability of a community is greatly affected by the condition of its infrastructure and its ability to attract and retain talent. To help ensure this vibrancy is maintained and nurtured, Fluor is committed to supporting programs that:
- Build quality, affordable and energy efficient low-income housing
- Refurbish existing substandard housing and general infrastructure
- Create jobs or develop workforces by providing job training or retraining for adults
- Prepare youth to compete in today’s global economy
- Assist with rebuilding or infrastructure support in case of a natural or man-made disaster
EnvironmentAs an engineering and construction company, Fluor is very sensitive to its impact on the environment and the need to ensure its preservation for generations to come. As such, Fluor is committed to responsible stewardship of the environment and supports organizations that protect natural resources and habits through:
- Conservation, restoration and beautification
- Environmental education
Clif Family Foundation
Welcome to the Clif Family Foundation, an organization we started in 2006 to support small-to-midsize grassroots groups led by people whose vision and commitment we deeply admire. We have been proud to support hundreds of organizations that are working tirelessly to strengthen our food system, advance equitable community health outcomes, and protect the places we play by being stewards of our environment and natural resources. Our desire has been to leave the world a better place for our children. Now that we’re grandparents, the urgency to build a healthier, just, and sustainable world is even more personal. We look forward to expanding the reach and impact of the foundation in the years to come. This includes working with more organizations to make their innovative ideas a reality and supporting a new generation of leaders. We believe we can all do more good in the world. Together.
- Strengthen Our Food System
- Grow organic farming and other climate-friendly agriculture
- Safeguard agricultural seeds and biodiversity
- Democratize access to fresh and nutrient-dense foods
- Connect families with local food outlets and farmers
- Create viable opportunities for the next generation of farmers
- Enhance Equitable Community Health Outcomes
- Promote clean water access
- Curtail exposure to toxic materials
- Increase access to nature and outdoor activities
- Expand pedestrian and bicycling opportunities
- Improve farmworkers’ standard of living, wages, and working conditions
- Safeguard Our Environment and Natural Resources
- Accelerate action on climate change
- Advance renewable energy and support green jobs
- Break the resource waste cycle
- Preserve watersheds, open spaces, and wild places
- Conserve water supplies for fair, long-term access
Priority is given to applicants that:
- Address two or more of our funding priorities at the same time:
- Strengthen our food system
- Enhance equitable community health outcomes
- Safeguard our environment and natural resources
- Demonstrate strong community ties.
- Operate within viable and clearly defined plans for positive change.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better. We drive Responsible Growth by focusing on our clients, managing risk well, and making sure our growth is sustainable. To be sustainable, we have to share our success with our communities which includes all we do to drive progress on societal priorities, including those broadly defined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): poverty, hunger, education, affordable housing, and other key areas.
As part of this work, we develop strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. We focus on improving the lives of individuals and families by investing in basic needs and workforce development and education and also strengthening broader community vitality by addressing needs related to affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization. Through our partnerships, we support vulnerable populations, including working families, youth and young adults out of school and work, seniors, individuals living with disabilities, veterans, and those impacted by the criminal justice system – enabling them to move forward toward their goals. We recognize that people and communities of color continue to face significant challenges, and we are working to advance racial equality and economic opportunity throughout many of our partnerships.
In 2021, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue two requests for proposals (RFPs):
- Economic Mobility focused on needs of individuals and families
- Economic Mobility focused on needs of community
Economic mobility focused on the needs of the community
The current health and humanitarian crisis has underscored the importance of safe, decent housing for an individual’s overall well-being, including health, educational success and future employment opportunities. That’s why we support the work of organizations working to preserve, and increase access to a mix of affordable housing options.
- Housing development for vulnerable populations through the construction or preservation of affordable single, multi-family, transitional and supportive housing
- Minority homeownership programs
- Pathways to stable housing or homeownership through financial stability efforts such as homebuyer education, budgeting, savings, and credit counseling including eviction and foreclosure prevention.
- Sustainable development efforts creating healthy living environments through energy efficiency upgrades, retrofits, solar and other green building efforts.
Small businesses play an important role in the overall health of our nation’s economy. In response to the challenges many small businesses continue to face due to coronavirus, we’re supporting nonprofits that are assisting minority and indigenous entrepreneurs as they focus on short-term needs and build for long-term recovery.
- Technical assistance supporting business planning (short and long term).
- Operational capacity of CDFIs delivering essential growth capital to entrepreneurs. Supporting organizations assisting minority-owned small businesses.
- Economic development efforts that promote small business growth and healthy commercial corridors. (e.g. Mainstreet).
Vibrant communities are places where individuals can thrive and succeed and have the opportunity to live and work with safe, decent housing, transportation to jobs, strong business corridors and thriving arts and culture districts. We support local and regional revitalization efforts, taking a holistic approach to building inclusive communities.
- Revitalization, preservation, and stabilization initiatives that engage community stakeholders in building livable communities for all with focus on environmental health, community safety and economic growth.
- Transit-oriented development efforts that connect individuals to jobs, services, schools, and economic opportunity.
- Community arts and cultural institutions that provide economic opportunity and contribute to the vitality and livability of communities.
- Resiliency of communities supporting short and long term plans to prepare, withstand and recover from extreme weather events and the long-term impacts of climate change.
- Environmental efforts through the preservation, creation or restoration of open space, parks and community gardens.
State Farm Companies Foundation
Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants
We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and smarter communities across the United States. Through our company grants, we focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.
The State Farm Companies Foundation and State Farm value inclusiveness and diversity. Therefore, charitable funding is intended to advance access, equity, and inclusiveness while discouraging harmful discrimination based on age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, or religious beliefs.
Nationally, we support communities through social investments and countrywide relationships. At a local level, our company grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development.
State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.
Our national and local funding is directed toward:
- Auto and roadway safety.
- Teen driver education.
- Home safety and fire prevention.
- Disaster preparedness.
- Disaster recovery.
Strong neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong society. We're committed to maintaining the vibrancy of our communities by assisting nonprofits that support: affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development. Through community outreach and community development grants and investments, State Farm gives back to the neighborhoods it serves and helps develop stronger neighborhoods by reinvesting in the community.
Our national and local funding is directed toward:
- Affordable housing.
- Job training.
- Neighborhood revitalization.
- Small business development.
- First time homeownership.
Our education funding is directed toward initiatives that support:
- Academic performance improvement programs that impact K-12 students.
- Education initiatives that more directly support underserved individuals (13 years and older), helping them enroll in post-secondary education and obtain the skills and credentials they need to be successful in today’s workforce.
- Service-learning programs that provide students opportunities to connect and apply learning skills from classroom to address unmet needs that exist in their community.
- Teacher development programs.
- Financial literacy.