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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.

Grant Highlights



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.

Funding priorities

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 15, 2021
April 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
October 15, 2021

Contact us with any questions or to discuss the feasibility of your request before submitting at 920.243.5806 or Please allow 7 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
A 12 month final grant report is required prior to any future requests.



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