FINRA Provides Financial Literacy Grants
Foundation: FINRA Investor Education Program;
Opportunity: General Grant Program;
Funding Focus: Education, financial literacy, low-income families;
Funding: Grants from $60,000 to more than $700,000 each;
Purpose: Through the General Grant Program, FINRA funds research and educational projects that support its mission
of providing low-income individuals and families with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success.
The first step in applying for a general grant is the submission of a project concept form. This three-page form assists
the foundation in assessing the applicant's eligibility for funding. The form is available via the link at the end of this
story. The FINRA Foundation accepts these forms at any time during the year. The foundation will respond to an applicant
within one month of receipt and either decline the request or invite a full proposal. Potential grantees are encouraged
to expand or leverage programs or materials developed or supported by the FINRA Foundation, FINRA and the
Nat'l Endowment for Financial Education. For the resources and materials, please visit
Insider's tip: In addition to the General Grant Program, the foundation partners with other organizations on funding
opportunities. The Smart Investing @ Your Library program is a joint effort between the foundation and the American
Library Association. The program helps build the capacity of public libraries to provide effective, unbiased financial and
investor education. This grant program supports public libraries in their efforts to meet financial/investor education
needs at the community level by providing high-quality resources and services. The deadline is generally in midsummer.
For more on the effort, please visit http://smartinvesting.ala.org/.
The Financial Education in Your Community Program was launched in 2009 by the foundation and the United Way. The
program helps community-based organizations provide effective and unbiased financial education.
For more on the program, please visit
Info: For more on the FINRA Foundation, including a link to the concept form, please visit