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Wawa Foundation

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Wawa Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas served by Wawa, Inc.

Grants are made in the following focus areas:

The Wawa Foundation will provide funding to organizations committed to saving and improving lives in the communities Wawa serves. Specifically, The Wawa Foundation will support organizations dedicated to the care and treatment of people in need in Wawa’s areas of operation.

The Wawa Foundation will play a leading role in hunger relief in the communities Wawa serves. To achieve this, the Foundation supports programs that create food access for people in need through partnership with regional suppliers and local food banks.

The Wawa Foundation will support and celebrate our everyday heroes, including crisis responders, individuals serving in our military and our veterans. The Foundation is committed to helping and enabling those who serve – “Everyday Heroes.” The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces help us enjoy freedoms every day, and the Foundation provides support to organizations that enrich and uplift our troops and their families. They are also committed to first responders like local firefighters and police officers for all they do to keep the communities that Wawa serves safe and secure.

The submission windows for grants over $2,500 for 2019 will be the months of January, April, July and October.

Qualified organizations can submit grant requests and Letters of Inquiry during those timeframes. Requests will be reviewed and organizations will receive a response before the next grant submission window opens.

Only registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Wawa’s six-state area are eligible to apply.

James M Cox Foundation

Deadline: September 8, 2019

The James M. Cox Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in communities where Cox Enterprises, Inc. does business.

The Foundation is concentrating its community support in several priority areas:

  • Conservation and Environment
  • Early Childhood Education (birth to five years)
  • Empowering Families and Individuals for Success
  • Health

Two types of support are considered: requests for capital campaigns (i.e., building construction/ renovation or equipment); and requests for special projects (i.e., program expansion or capacity-building efforts). Awards for basic operating expenses and support for annual programs usually are not granted.

Your organization is eligible to submit an application if it meets the following criteria:

  • Organizations must be federally tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code with non-private foundation status, or an equivalent government entity under section 170 (c)(1).
  • Organizations must be located in the United States and in an area where Cox Enterprises or one of its subsidiaries does business. For a complete list of Cox businesses and information on specific locations, view the location map.
  • Organizations located outside of metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia must have a letter of endorsement from the General Manager or equivalent leader at the local Cox business to submit with the application. For additional information about letters of endorsement, please see below under “limitations.”


  • Letters of endorsement for organizations wishing to apply are provided at the local or regional Cox management team’s discretion based upon alignment with local priorities.  Preference is given to organizations that have a history of engagement with the local business and its employees.
  • Only one request will be considered per organization during a 12-month period.  For example, if a request is submitted in March, whether it is approved or declined, another request will not be considered until the following March.
  • Loans are not provided to organizations or individuals.

Grants are not provided for the following:

  • Scholarships for individual students or nonprofit organizations for the purpose of granting scholarships benefitting an individual;
  • Annual operating purposes (includes expenses for salaries, overhead, or other recurring program or administrative costs;
  • Seed money, or as the only funding source of an organization;
  • Endowment funds;
  • Conferences and seminars;
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships (dinners, golf tournaments, walks/runs, benefits, raffles, tickets, tables, etc.);
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation;
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns;
  • Religious organizations for general operating support, sanctuary construction/renovation or mission-focused work.  However, we do consider requests from religious organizations with 501(c)(3) status to provide project-specific social services outreach programs that are not limited to a specific religious affiliation; or
  • Organizations or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability.

All funding requests must be submitted through the online application portal.  The Foundation may require additional information, an interview or a site visit.  Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are considered at the next scheduled Trustee meeting.  The Trustees meet three times per year.  The deadlines for receipt of applications before each meeting are:  February 15th, June 15th, and October 15th.

TD Bank Foundation: Housing for Everyone

Deadline: October 25, 2019

The increasing shortage of affordable housing creates a multitude of economic issues, including the inability of households and individuals to establish financial stability and plan for the future. As housing costs consume a growing share of income, it forces decisions that make it virtually impossible to build credit and pay off student debt.

To help address those issues, the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, is seeking solutions to expanding the stock of affordable rental units and plans to award grants totaling $3.75 million to thirty local housing nonprofit organizations to refurbish existing housing stock and create safe, healthy, and affordable rental units for families, individuals, the elderly, new Americans, veterans, the disabled, women, and youth.

Applications for funding through the program must focus on:

Preservation/Rehabilitation/Expansion of viable existing affordable housing properties — Including the redesign, reconfiguration, and or re-use of existing space in affordable housing properties with the goal of the quality and quantity of affordable housing units that meet the specific needs of the population they are intended to serve. Upgrades to systems, structure, and efficiency of properties to preserve and prolong their use also will be considered.

Special consideration will also be given to those initiatives that focus on energy efficiency. Initiatives may also benefit from utilizing underused or abandoned properties.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a state/local government entity; have a history of developing, maintaining, and/or providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families or individuals; be able to show the impact they have made to affordable housing efforts in their community; be able to show fiscal responsibility and ongoing viability; be current on all outstanding debt obligations, utility payments, and taxes; be able to quantify the impact of the proposed affordable housing project; and must not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, family status, veteran status, disability or other characteristic protected by law.

In addition, housing units or properties to be improved must be located in a TD Bank, N.A. metro market area and must be developed for and occupied by low- and moderate-income families or individuals;

Applications will only be accepted through the TD Charitable Foundation’s online application system and should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on October 25. Notification of awards will be made by mid-February 2020.

Joseph Roberts Foundation

Deadline: October 30, 2019

The Joseph Robert Foundation makes grants in the following focus areas:


  • Program, project, or general operating support to non-profit organizations that promote/conduct innovative, experimental, community and/or public art programming, primarily in the visual arts.
  • Exhibitions that provide opportunities for emerging or under-recognized artists.
  • Interdisciplinary or collaborative programming that includes a visual arts component.

Animal Welfare

  • Program support and general operating support to animal welfare organizations, including, but not limited to, no-kill shelters, sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers, animal adoption centers, and animal protection organizations.

Environment and Sustainable Resources Management

  • Program, research, training and education, and general operating support to environmental organizations that promote sustainable resources management and innovative solutions to environmental problems.
  • Programs and projects that work to protect the environment by addressing climate change, pollution, and the use of land and water resources.
  • Community-based educational environmental initiatives, as well as community-based projects that enhance the quality of urban life through the development of parks and other environmental endeavors.

The Foundation makes general operating grants and/or program/project grants. Funding is focused in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

The first step is to submit a Letter of Interest. Deadlines for Letters of Interest are April 30 and October 30.

Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation

Deadline: October 31, 2019
Website:  no website

Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation provides funding primarily for education. Related fields of interest include: elementary school/education; environment/land preservation; higher education; performing arts; secondary school/education; and visual arts.

The foundation provides the following types of support: curriculum development; general/operating support; land acquisition; and seed money. Giving is focused in New York, Wyoming, Washington DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of inquiry with brief description of organization, funding requirements, details of grant purposes, and a copy of 501(C)(3) status letter from IRS.

The foundation does not have a website at this time.  Send to:

Kenneth Moy   c/o Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Co.
140 Broadway
New York, NY 10005-1108