To effect positive change in our communities and to develop relationships with local nonprofit organizations, C&S launched its Mini-Grants program in 2002.
Through Mini-Grants, C&S invests in local good works by donating funds or modest amounts of food. We focus on “our backyard” and accept requests from community groups that are located within 20 miles of where we do business and where most of our employees live.
Requests for Mini-Grant support are reviewed and decided upon by local C&S employees who understand local needs and who are involved in the community.
- Cash up to $1,000 For projects and programs that improve the quality of life in communities and neighborhoods, that help people and affect important local issues.
- Cash up to $500 For local special events to raise funds and awareness for local causes and organizations, or for community celebrations.
- Modest amounts of food/products For nonprofits to use for special events, celebrations, or fund raising purposes. View our list of commonly requested products
Deadline: All-electronic Mini-Grant requests are accepted on the first of each month. Note: Requests received after the first of the month will be included in the next month's review cycle. Due to high volume we cannot expedite requests. All grants are awarded at the sole discretion of C&S.
Decisions: 2-3 weeks after the deadline.
Important: In order to help as many community groups as we can, please ask for Mini-Grant support every other year.
Requests will only be accepted via our online application form.
Competitive requests focus on our core initiatives: Hunger, Children and Community, Environment, and Volunteerism/Service.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.