Look around your community to see what national companies have a presence. Check out their website to see if they offer grants or sponsorships. Some foundations only award grants in specific geographic locations. Do your homework to find out what is available in your area.

Candid Subscription service for grant writers (Merger of GuideStar and the Foundation Center) Free information on Federal grants
Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant program for public libraries and public schools
Dollar General—Summer Reading and Youth Literacy Grants
NEA Big Read
Captain Planet Foundation—primarily for youth STEM and environmental projects
Best Buy Community Grants—for nonprofits where their stores are located
CSX Railroad Community Service grants—must be in a community inside their service network
Staples We Care Gift Cards & in-kind product donations
Walmart Local Community Grants
Publix Community Giving
GlaxoSmithKline Foundation—Ribbon of Hope grants
International Paper (must have a location in your community to apply)
Wells Fargo local community grants
Bank of America—grants and sponsorships of art and culture projects
NC Community Foundations—in each county
Grant Prose

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