Kroger Company Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Kroger Company Foundation invests in organizations in communities where its corporate sisters Kroger and Kroger brand companies operate.

IP TAKE: This is a very accessible funder that accepts applications online.

PROFILE: When Barney Kroger first opened his grocery store in nearly 135 years ago, he would give day-old bread to hungry people. Established in 1987, the Kroger Company Foundation follows Barney Kroger’s example, focusing its grantmaking to “[e]nding hunger, improving food security, and bringing fresh, wholesome food to families who need it the most.” The foundation supports organizations located in communities around the country in which Kroger and Kroger brand stores operate. This includes 35 states as well as the Washington, D.C. Kroger has three main program areas called Honor Our Heroes, Bringing Hope to the Table, and Sharing Courage.

While Kroger does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to disease-related causes, it has a history of supporting such establishments. For example, past grantees include the Markey Cancer Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.

While Kroger’s grant amounts can range anywhere from less than $100 to over $300,000, most grants typically range from $1,000 to $50,000.

The Kroger Company Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding throughout the year. Grantseekers may submit their applications online via the foundation’s Community Gifts page. Grantseekers with additional questions may contact the foundation at (513) 762-1591.

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