Applying for a grant

The Lincoln Financial Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in our communities according to four main funding priorities: education, human services, economic development and the arts.

How grants are awarded

Our deep connection to our communities is reflected in how we select our grantees. By establishing local Charitable Contribution Committees in our primary business locations, we empower our employees to award grants to nonprofit organizations they believe will make an enduring impact on their communities.

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Who can apply

  • Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding.*
  • The Lincoln Foundation only supports organizations that respect and encourage diversity and adhere to nondiscriminatory practices. Women and ethnic minorities should be adequately represented on an applicant organization's board of directors.
  • Support will only be considered in communities where the corporation has a significant business presence and employee base.

Philadelphia and Hartford applicants must be based in and serve these communities.

How and when to apply

Grant applications will be received according to the following schedule:

Arts (Due: January 15, 2016)

Arts education has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems, while also increasing overall academic performance, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice and National Endowment for the Arts.

Lincoln is committed to increasing access to the arts for people of all ages, economic situations, abilities and ethnicities and support organizations to fill gaps where economic challenges have resulted in cuts to arts education. We believe this involvement can have tremendous benefits for our communities, spurring the creative economy and fostering economic development.

Economic and workforce development (Due: September 16, 2015)

According to the Family Economic Success Report, the earnings gap between more educated workers and those with a high school diploma or less is growing. The number of jobs that don’t pay family-sustaining wages or provide health benefits is also increasing.

Lincoln supports organizations that provide adult education and job skills training to help build vibrant, local economies and raise the quality of life in those communities where we do business.

Human services (Due: April 15, 2016)

According to the Economic Research Service, USDA, 23 percent of all children lived in households that were classified as food insecure. For many minority populations that percentage was as high as 51 percent.

United Way (Due: January 15, 2016)

Lincoln Financial Group has a longstanding tradition of supporting United Way organizations. Each year, our United Way allocations provide support to agencies in the communities where we work. We also hold a workplace United Way campaign every autumn to encourage employee support for this organization.

Youth education (Due: July 15, 2016)

According to McKinsey and Company, the current achievement gap in the United States imposes the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession. Data from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that high school drop-outs make nearly $8,000 per year less than those with a high school diploma. Over a lifetime and across the nation, this represents billions in lost wages and spending power.

Lincoln is committed to supporting programs that promote life-long learning with an emphasis on improving financial literacy, graduation rates and student achievement.


*In general, the Lincoln Foundation doesn’t consider (award) grants to: individuals; religious organizations (i.e., churches, temples, synagogues); public or private K-12 schools or school foundations; hospitals or hospital foundations; fraternal or political organizations; general operating support; capital (bricks and mortar) funding; endowments; sporting organizations, sporting events or national walks; organizations that re-grant funds to other nonprofit organizations; health organizations; or, organizations that advocate, support, or practice activities inconsistent with Lincoln Financial Group’s non-discrimination policies, whether based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran.