Grant guidelines

Webster is dedicated to being a caring and committed member of the communities we serve. We help to strengthen these communities through grants and corporate sponsorships. Please review our program areas, eligibility and list of ineligible activities prior to submitting a grant proposal.

Program Areas

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Our grantmaking priorities include support for a broad cross-section of registered nonprofit agencies that are focused on supporting underserved communities and that address racial equity and economic inclusion. Our funding pillars focus on:

  • Workforce Development through Access to Education: We fund opportunities that promote job creation, strengthen small business development, and provide access to education for underserved populations.
  • Community Development: With a focus on the creation of affordable housing, we fund programs that include homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention, first-time homebuyer support and credit remediation.
  • Financial Empowerment: Programs that build personal responsibility for economic self-reliance with a focus on education for youth and aging populations.
  • Human Services and Basic Needs: Programs open to all that strengthen our communities, build self-sufficiency, address food insecurity, and promote well-being.

Eligibility

To be considered for a grant from Webster, organizations must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Grant requests must fit at least one of the four program areas and align with strategic priorities
  • Applicants must be from registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that serve low/moderate income individuals and families
  • Organizations must operate and serve communities within the Webster's footprint
  • Use of funds must NOT be on Webster's corporate list of ineligible activities
  • An organization and program must be in operation for a minimum of 2 years and be able to show a history of success

We give greater consideration to organizations that incorporate evaluation measures to ensure positive results.

We strive to support as many organizations as we can, but due to the increasing needs of our communities, we are unable to provide funding for each request submitted.

Submitting a grant application

Webster's Philanthropy program accepts online applications only. Prior to proceeding with the online grant application, you will be directed to our eligibility quiz. Grants do not renew year over year and must be applied for annually.