Travelers Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Travelers Foundation invest in academic and career success, thriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities. Its geographic priorities are the cities of Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul, Minnesota.

IP TAKE: The Travelers Foundation's college and career readiness program supports schools and programs that help underrepresented students succeed academically and prepare for, apply to and enroll in postsecondary education. Funding prioritizes, but is not limited to, Hartford and St. Paul. This funder accepts applications through its online portal and local Travelers Insurance offices.

PROFILE: The Travelers Insurance Company, an American multinational property insurer, supports communities in the U.S. through its charitable foundation and corporate giving program. The company is over 160 years old and maintains its corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut.  It’s philanthropic initiatives include academic and career success, thriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities, and its geographic priorities are  Hartford, Connecticut and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Travelers' academic and career success  program "supports initiatives that improve academic and career success" prioritizing underrepresented youth in grades five through twelve at public schools. In addition to supporting programs aimed at improving academic achievement, this funder invests in programs that increase "awareness of and personal readiness for post-secondary education." Travelers has supported public school districts in Hartford and St. Paul, as well as educational nonprofits such as Teach for America and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Smaller grantees include Hartford Promise, an organization that provides college scholarships and support services to Hartford students, and College Possible, which provides counseling and support to high school juniors and seniors as they prepare for and apply to college.

Travelers grants range from about $1,000 to $500,000 and support organizations of all sizes. A list of recent grantees and grant amounts is available on its website.

Application for grants may be made on-line for candidates in Hartford and St. Paul. Other applicants should pursue funding through representatives at local Travelers Insurance offices. Applications for education grants are generally due at the end of March.


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