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Nationwide Sources

This is a representative list of possible funding sources for personal finance research and education throughout the United States. Application deadlines and funding availability varies by source. Consult the web link for more information.

  • Bank of America Foundation - Support economic revitalization, including affordable housing, workforce development and rural communities, environmental awareness and urban planning, disaster relief, diversity, and multicultural awareness.

  • Center for Retirement Research at Boston College - Promotes research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, and others.

  • Charles Steward Mott Foundation - Grants support the Foundation's desire not only to relieve the distress of living in poverty, but also to empower people to escape poverty entirely.

  • Citigroup Foundation - Grants fit into three broad categories: financial education, educating the next generation, and building communities and entrepreneurs.

  • Department of Education - Areas funded change every year; however, education always is the major topic. See the site for current possibilities.

  • Fannie Mae Foundation - Focuses on housing finance topics such as affordable mortgages and expanding home ownership opportunities to low and moderate income families.

  • F.B. Heron Foundation - Supports organizations that help low-income people create wealth and take control of their lives. They prefer to support direct-service, community-based organizations and enterprises.

  • Ford Foundation - Supports programs which strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

  • Foundation for Financial Planning - Raises awareness of the benefits of financial planning, helps Americans understand the need for financial planning, and demonstrates how objective advice can help improve personal finances.

  • Household International - Funds nonprofits that address issues of financial literacy, economic development, diversity, youth development, and education.

  • ING - Educates the public on ways to become financially independent through increased understanding and comfort with financial services products.

  • JP Morgan Chase - Funds community development and human services for residents of JPMorgan Chase communities with a focus on housing, economic development, and social services.

  • Kappa Omicron Nu - Awards study and research in family and consumer sciences or one of its specializations.

  • Lumina Foundation for Education - Proposals must fit one of three main themes: access to postsecondary education, educational attainment, and underserved student groups including adult learners.

  • NASDAQ Educational Foundation - Funds projects that foster economic literacy, including the capital formation process, and how securities markets operate and function.

  • National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) - Funds projects to help all Americans acquire the information and skills necessary to take control of their personal finances.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities - Independent grant-making agency of the US government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

  • National Science Foundation - Scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society.

  • Rockefeller Foundation - Committed to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world.

  • Target - Grants focus on the arts, education, and family violence prevention. Not eligible in Alaska, Hawaii or Vermont.

  • Three Guineas Found - Designed to achieve social justice gains that enable women and girls to earn an independent living, participate fully in the economy, and give back to their communities.

  • TIAA-CREF Institute - Encourages goal-oriented projects with anticipated outcomes relevant to lifelong financial security.

  • Wells Fargo - Focuses on improving and sustaining local communities through community development, education, and human services.


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