OVERVIEW: The TJX Foundation is a well-endowed funder that gives millions of dollars each year to thousands of charitable organizations. These grantees serve the young, the underprivileged and the mentally ill with a variety of services, including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence recovery and prevention.
IP TAKE: While the TJX Foundation seeks to provide funding to a large number of organizations, this goal means that award amounts are, on average, comparatively small. The restrictions on which types of organizations it will support are also quite specific, meaning that many potential grantees could be deemed ineligible. All told, your organization has a good chance of receiving a minor grant if you meet the right criteria.
PROFILE: The TJX Foundation focuses on families and youths. Most relevant to mental health is its stated goal of providing families and children with "lives free from domestic abuse." However, in the past it has supported a wide range of organizations that provide counseling and other services to disadvantaged and low-income families, women, and those suffering from mental or physical disabilities.
Organizations must also be in one of the communities that contain a home office of TJX to be eligible. TJX is the parent company of the T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Sierra Trading Post retail chains, so you will have to see if one of these companies, or TJX itself, has a home office near you to determine if your organization will be eligible for support. With nearly 2,000 stores in the United States, your organization stands a decent chance of meeting that requirement — unless you're based in Alaska.
Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but a few outliers have received hundreds of thousands in grant money, though those larger grants are generally reserved for large national organizations.
Any organization that meets the TJX Foundation's funding criteria is free to apply at any time. The application process itself is relatively easy, conducted entirely through the website's online forms.
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