Insurance Carrier Foundation Favors Projects for Minorities

grantsTravelers is one of the largest providers of property and casualty insurance products in the United States. The St. Paul Travelers Foundation funds a wide range of programs, particularly those designed to help the underserved and minorities. It made $8 million in grants last year.

Deadline: Rolling.

Emphasis is placed on efforts in Minnesota and Connecticut, where the company has a large presence. However, national organizations may receive support for specific initiatives that fit within the foundation’s funding priorities. Special consideration will be given to those national requests that support or leverage the potential of other grantees, and those that directly aid local initiatives. Guidance is here:

The foundation focuses on three core areas:

  • Academic & Career Success: Creating social and economic opportunities to educate underserved populations. Efforts must focus on foster improving academic achievement for middle and/or high school students.
  • Arts and Culture: Enriching lives and celebrating diversity through arts and culture. Specifically, Travelers funds organizations that incorporate the use of the arts in learning and stimulate creativity, while supporting improved academic achievement in local public schools.
  • Thriving Neighborhoods: Revitalizing communities through economic development and housing.

Diversity is a significant focus area for the foundation. For example, Travelers gave $25,000 to the African-American Academy for Accelerated Learning in Minneapolis.

Info:; Marlene Ibsen, CEO, 651/310-7757, for questions about the competition.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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