Program Grants

U.S. Venture

Relevent Country: United States of America

U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation (USV/SFF) has launched a grant program to help the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people’s lives, and strengthen their communities.


Consideration is given to needs that fulfill the Foundation’s mission within the following impact areas:

  • Education
  • Jobs & Economy
  • Family Support & Social Connectedness
  • Physical Health
  • Psychological Health & Addiction
  • Human Services
  • Other


  • 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.

What the Program Grants typically fund?

  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 their 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.

Ineligible Expenses

  • 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.