The late Joe Albertson founded the Albertsons grocery chain in Idaho in 1939. Seventy years later, Albertson's wish to contribute to society lives on in grants from both the Albertson supermarket chain and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The stores give grants for programs related to hunger and nutrition, and the Idaho-based foundation provides grants for education in that state.
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation gives grants to tax-exempt organizations, including schools, with a minimum grant size of $25,000. The foundation does not give grants to individuals. All the foundation's grants focus on education. In 2011, for example, it made $760,000 in grants to the College of Southern Idaho for adult education and English As a Second Language programs. Those grants are part of the Foundation's "go on" initiative for encouraging more Idahoans to gain post-secondary education.
Applying for the Foundation's Grants
The Albertson Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited grant proposals or funding requests, although it does have links on its website to Idaho organizations that may be open to grant proposals. The foundation's grant funding is available, instead, through school and nonprofit programs. The organization's three main initiatives in the early 21st century are to support post-secondary education, provide a variety of school choices for students, and make information about student and school performance accessible to Idaho residents and policy makers.
The Albertsons chain awards grants in three areas: hunger relief, dietary health and nutrition education. The money goes primarily to schools and nonprofit organizations; generally, the chain doesn't donate to individuals, lobbying groups political groups or religious organizations. Albertsons' website says it favors grants to organizations that the company considers can run a program effectively. Ideal programs have community support, benefit disadvantaged sectors of the community and offer opportunities for community members to volunteer.
Applying for the Chain Stores Grants
You can download a grant form from the Albertson's website. You'll also need to submit a W9 form and a copy of your 501c3 letter from the IRS. If you're seeking a grant for a scheduled event, the company recommends submitting at least eight weeks in advance to give Albertsons enough time to review the proposal. Stores in six states -- Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico or Texas -- are run by the Albertsons LLC. These stores do not issue grants, but members of nonprofits can sign up for a program which will donate 5 percent of their Albertsons shopping to their organization.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Fraser Sherman began writing in 1981. Since then he's researched and written newspaper and magazine stories on city government, court cases, business, real estate and finance, the uses of new technologies and film history. Sherman has worked for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, and his magazine articles have been published in "Newsweek," "Air & Space," "Backpacker" and "Boys' Life." Sherman is also the author of three film reference books, with a fourth currently under way.