Each week, Neighborhood Networks provides potential funding sources
to help centers develop and improve programs and services. Featured
this week are grants from U.S.
Areas: U.S. Cellular focuses its charitable contributions on
programs that serve disadvantaged youth, families, and seniors,
and connect people with opportunities for a better life.
Area: Northeast (Maine); Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, West Virginia);
Southeast (North Carolina, Tennessee); Midwest (Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin); Southwest (Oklahoma); and
Eligible organizations wishing to receive a charitable contribution
from U.S. Cellular must be tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) institutions. Eligible
organizations must also be nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nondiscriminatory.
U.S. Cellular will accept proposals that meet the program's requirements
as well as its primary
Cellular does not make charitable contributions to:
||Agencies that discriminate on the basis of race,
color, creed, sexual orientation, or national origin. |
||Political causes, candidates, legislative lobbying,
or advocacy groups.|
||Endowments or memorials. |
||Construction or renovation projects. |
||Religious organizations seeking to further a
denominational or sectarian purpose.|
||Social, labor, alumni, or fraternal organizations
serving a limited constituency. |
||Primary, secondary, or charter schools. |
||Special occasion, good-will, and single-interest
||Local athletic or sports programs, walk-a-thons,
and little leagues. |
||Travel funds for tours, expeditions, or trips.
Amount: Award amounts range from $5,000 to $35,000.
Process: Organizations must provide applications in their entirety
using the following guidelines. Proposals that are incomplete will
not be considered for a contribution.
Download Application. Complete (either handwrite or type) the
application and mail along with the proposal and specified support
In addition to submitting a hard copy of the proposal, information
detailing the seven areas listed below must be submitted in a Microsoft
Word file on an IBM-compatible disk. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
supporting documents may be submitted in hard copy format only.
1 - Identification. Provide the organization's name, address,
telephone and fax numbers, Federal Employer Identification Number
(FEIN), and the name of the representative to whom all correspondence
should be addressed. This information can be found on the tax-exempt
letter from the IRS.
2 - Program/Project Description. Describe the background objectives
of the program/project, including the purpose and history of the
organization, geographical area, population served including ethnic
and income breakdown, and total number of program/project participants.
3 - Purpose and Amount. Describe and outline the purpose and
amount of the grant request, including a line-item budget for the
proposed project, project timetable, expected outcome and evaluation
methodology, list of all other sources of financial support, and
an explanation of how the project relates to U.S. Cellular's funding
interests. U.S. Cellular will consider funding toward tangible items
along with an itemization of how the grant monies will be used.
4 - Success Story. Share a success story of an individual, family,
or group of participants who have benefited from the program.
5 - Budget. Provide the organization's operating budget for
the current year that details the organization's planned expenses
and income resources. Also include a list of current funders of
$1,000 or more.
6 - Leaders. Provide a list of the board of directors.
7 - Public Relations. Describe how the organization currently
publicizes the project, as well as how the organization plans on
publicizing U.S. Cellular's contribution.
Support Documentation Tax-Exemption Letter.
Provide a copy of the IRS letter that recognizes the organization's
501(c)(3) status. This FEIN must match the number on the application.
Provide a copy of the most recent annual report, brochures, press
releases, or visuals relating to the organization and/or proposed
completed applications to:
Cellular Public Affairs and Communications Department
8410 West Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60631
Deadline dates for 2008 are May 15, August 15, and November 1. All
materials must be received by these dates. Organizations will receive
a letter in the mail regarding the status of their application approximately
three weeks after the committee meets. To determine the status of
a grant application, contact the U.S. Cellular Charitable Grant
Hotline at (866) 956-8100 and select option 3.
Information: For more information on U.S. Cellular's charitable
giving, contact them via email
or call the U.S. Cellular Charitable Grant Hotline at 866-956-8100.