You may be surprised by some of these grant opportunities from major corporations.
These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Small grants average approximately $7,000 each. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of February, June, and October. Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle.
The Coca-Cola Company and its global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, support initiatives that provide access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, the utilization of water for production and/or multiple use systems that do more than provide clean drinking water, and education and awareness programs that promote water conservation within communities and industry.
The Dean Foods Foundation invests in organizations that are based in the Dallas area (home to corporate headquarters) and those that are national in scope with a mission that supports their giving priorities: childhood nutrition, youth leadership, dairy stewardship, and disaster relief.
General Mills Foundation's philanthropy focuses on increasing food security, advancing sustainable agriculture, and strengthening hometown communities. Its Minneapolis Grants Program address pressing local needs, such as improving education outcomes and alleviating hunger.
Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of December 2016, Whole Planet Foundation is alleviating poverty through microfinance partners in the United States and 68 other countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America. To date, the nonprofit has disbursed $63 million dollars through microlending partners worldwide, funding 1.9 million microloans and 10.5 million opportunities for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members.
Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers. Whole Foods believes in supporting local farmers and producers. It wants to make it easier for them to grow their businesses and bring more local products to market. Loans range from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be for things like purchasing more animals, investing in new equipment, or converting to organic production. Whole Foods minimizes the fees, interest rates, and paperwork that can often get in the way of a small local farm or business taking the next step to expand its operations.