Giving back to the community is a part of our corporate culture and a direct extension of our core value of integrity.
The Principal® and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., have embraced corporate responsibility by making philanthropic investments in the communities where our employees work and live. That’s why we’ve created the Community Grant Program.
Grants are available for organizations located in communities where we have a significant employee presence, which include the following communities:
Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus aligns with one of the following categories:
Civic, Community & Environment
» For a detailed list of eligible requests, please refer to our application instructions (PDF: 94.7 KB).
Grants may be awarded in the following areas:
After you review the grant criteria and determine you’re eligible, what’s next? Follow our step-by-step guide below to help you through the process.
Fill out our grant application form.
Prepare a cover letter no more than two pages long, which should include the following information:
Anticipated budget for request
Prepare a proposal, which should provide more information about:
» For more details about the type of information to include within these sections of your proposal, please refer to our application instructions (PDF: 94.7 KB).
Mail your application materials to the office location that corresponds most closely with your organization’s location by the required deadline. Please note: Electronic versions of the application are not accepted.
» Review our list of application mailing addresses and deadlines (PDF: 103 KB).
Each grant application is evaluated to determine eligibility, compliance with our requirements and available funds.
Notice of award decisions will be made by letter to organizations within 10 weeks after the application deadline.
If you receive a grant, please complete the grant evaluation form (PDF: 30 KB).
Applications must be received — not postmarked — by the dates listed below.
Dec. 1 — Civic, Community & Environment
All other locations and areas of focus: June 1
Only one grant application will be accepted per organization per calendar year for general operating support or specific program support.
Requests for capital support require a separate application.
Apply for funding in the grant category that most closely aligns with your organization’s core mission, not the focus of your specific program or project.
Organizations that have previously received funding must submit the grant evaluation form (PDF: 30 KB) within one year of the grant award, or at the time of the next grant application (whichever comes first) to be considered for funding.
For more information about the company's charitable contributions program or the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., contact:Andrew Allen, Community Relations