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Deadline: September 30, 2015

BBVA Compass Foundation Grant Program

The BBVA Compass Foundation is the charitable arm of Compass Bank. It provides grants in the following areas:

Community Development (including Financial Literacy):

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Delivery of alternative financial services and products to low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities through CDFIs
  • Revitalize low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, facilitate job creation
  • Delivery of financial education and financial literacy to children, adolescents and adults, especially in LMI communities
  • Support entrepreneurship and provide economic development for minority and underserved groups and/or LMI areas


  • Address pressing needs in Pre-K – 12 education through public school-sponsored or facilitated curriculum-based programs
  • Advance Pre-K – 12 student performance through professional development, support and retention of teachers
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
  • Support research and special programs at higher education institutions

Health and Human Services:

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Ensure access to health education programs
  • Ensure access to quality health care.

Arts and Culture:

  • Facilitate access to and participation in cultural experiences for persons with low- to moderate-income levels
  • Ensure the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities/venues that reflect the diversity of the community

Environment and Natural Resources:

  • Enable/sustain access to green technology and sustainable sources of energy to LMI communities
  • Provide support for projects with significant impact on the protection of the environment and sustainable practices
  • Promote public education about the environment and sustainability.

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Provide capacity building to organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations
  • Provide for leadership development of underrepresented groups through organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations
  • Promote tolerance and understanding among mainstream and minority populations

Amount: Not stated, but the average grant size is approximately $1,000-$5,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status in communities where Compass Bank has a presence.

Notes: Participate in an application conference call prior to submitting your application. Dates for the calls in 2015 are: January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 22, June 19, July 24, August 21, and September 11 and 25. Registration is available at the website.

Applications are reviewed as they are received, but the final date to submit a 2015 application is September 30.

Link: http://www.bbvacompass.com/compass/responsibility/foundations.jsp

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