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The U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation's (USV/SFF) mission is to be a catalyst for change supporting self-sufficiency, community enrichment and vulnerable populations.

The Foundation will consider a broad range of requests including specific program needs, capital or general operating support. No charitable organization will typically receive more than one program grant per calendar year.

Eligibility: Organizations eligible to receive grants from the USV/SFF are those determined by the IRS to be public charities, preferably those with 501(c)(3) status. The USV/SFF gives strong consideration to requests within our giving guidelines that show documented support (email, letters of support, board membership, donor or volunteer activity) from a U.S. Venture team member or shareholder. 

Funding Priorities: Consideration is given to needs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission within the following impact areas:

  • Education
  • Jobs & Economy
  • Family Support & Social Connectedness
  • Physical Health
  • Psychological Health & Addiction
  • Human Services
  • Other

Program Grants will typically fund the following:

  • Requests that demonstrate long-term results for a substantial number of people
  • Organizations with clarity of mission and a strong focus on effective outcomes
  • Organizations in good health, including financial stability, high caliber of staff and board
  • Requests with support from a broad base of funding sources; U.S. Venture prefers not to be the
    sole funder of any one project or program.         

The following are typically outside our program grant funding:

  • Grants to individuals or specific families, to underwrite conference expenses, or to fund medical procedures or research
  • Events that occur before funding is awarded or previously incurred expenses
  • Political organizations or causes                 
  • Requests for support from schools or government agencies
  • Annual meetings
  • Religious organizations attempting to build membership or requiring specific religious affiliation for services rendered.
  • Capital campaigns for schools, religious institutions, sports facilities, and endowments
  • Organizations outside the geographic footprint of U.S. Venture facilities and its team members.


TO APPLY: Please submit your request using our online application at U.S. Venture Program Grants
All materials must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed below.

‚ÄčGrant Deadline
January 5, 2018
April 2, 2018
August 2, 2018
November 1, 2018

Contact us with any questions or to discuss the feasibility of your request before submitting at 920.243.5806 or Foundation@USVenture.com.

Any substantive change in use of funding after grant support has been received must first be approved by the Foundation. Please submit a request IN WRITING to Foundation@USVenture.com.

A 12 month final grant report is required prior to any future requests.