Coca-Cola Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: Since 1984, the Coca-Cola Foundation has given more than $820 million to support the sustainability of communities around the world. The Coca-Cola Foundation distributes aid around the globe, from the U.S. to Africa and beyond. 

IP TAKE: The Coca-Cola Foundation tends to support large grants for larger organizations; however, smaller organizations are welcome to apply.

PROFILE: The Coca-Cola Foundation's outreach enjoys a global presence and often gives to equally recognizable, international organizations, such as the Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity. Besides grant support for disaster relief, the Coca-Cola Foundation also provides bulk shipments of beverages to regions where clean water is scarce. While grants can be generous in their amounts, the foundation remains strict about what community requests it fulfills. The Coca-Cola Foundation additionally prioritizes grant aid to women's empowerment, water, and well-being, among others. 

While the Coca-Cola Foundation prioritizes large nonprofits, small and midsize nonprofits are still welcome to apply specifically in areas that target poverty relief, health care, the environment, and community development among others. Unlike many large funders, the Coca-Cola Foundation accepts unsolicited applications. The foundation's online application allows grant seekers to upload proposals directly to their site; however, the site warns that "applications that are faxed or mailed will be returned to the organization with an invitation to apply through the online application."

Grant seekers that conduct ongoing, country-specific work should also explore Coca-Cola’s regional foundations, which may offer smaller organizations a better chance at obtaining funding. 

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