To apply for a grant, your organization must:
- Be recognized as tax-exempt under IRC Section 501 (c)(3) and classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or Section 509(a)(2) and NOT a supporting organization under Section 509(a)(3)
- Present a proposal that satisfies the Mizuho USA Foundation guidelines
- Not discriminate based on age, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief
- Comply with US anti-terrorism laws and regulations, including the USA PATRIOT Act and Executive Order 13224, pertaining to US-based nonprofits acting outside the US
We look for:
We don’t fund:
First, eligible nonprofits should submit a 1–3 page letter of inquiry. We’ll review all inquiries within 12 weeks, and invite select organizations to submit more detailed proposals. The Foundation’s Board of Directors meets annually in November to approve grants, which are typically awarded for one year.
The letter of inquiry should include:
- A brief description of the organization including its legal name, history, mission/goals, activities and website address
- A description of the program for which funding is sought, including a statement of need, goals and objectives, expected outcomes and evaluation methods, projected time frame, populations and geographies served
- Grant amount requested
- A preliminary program budget, with projected expenses and revenues, including funding commitments received to date for the program as well as pending requests (may be provided in attachment form)
- A copy of the organization’s IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and 509(1) public charity classification
Annual deadline for letter of inquiry:
(Note: If July 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be the first business day in July.)
Applications for 2020 will be accepted beginning June 1.
Mizuho USA Foundation, Inc.
1251 Avenue of the Americas, 31st Floor
New York, New York 10020-1104
+1 212 282 4192