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Program Grants

Program Grants will be awarded from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation (USV/SFF) to help the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people’s lives, and strengthen our communities.


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


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.


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


Jobs & Economy

Family Support & Social Connectedness

Physical Health

Psychological Health & Addiction

Human Services



  • 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


  • 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


Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed below.

Grant Deadline

  • January 26, 2024
  • April 25, 2024
  • July 26, 2024
  • October 25, 2024

Contact us with any questions or to discuss the feasibility of your request before submitting at [email protected]. Please allow 8-10 weeks after the deadline for the grant decision.

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 [email protected].
A 12 month final grant report is required prior to any future requests.

Email us with any questions

[email protected]