Charitable Contributions

The M&T Charitable Foundation strives to strengthen our communities by providing support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, health and human service organizations through grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services.

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Our Mission

A Responsibility as a Corporate Citizen

Healthy communities are the foundation of successful businesses. The M&T Charitable Foundation works in partnership with non-profit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for our customers, employees and neighbors. Our decisions are made locally, by the people who know their communities best.

​​A Foundation for Giving

The M&T Charitable Foundation offers financial support and resources to many types of organizations, including, but not limited to, those that support:

  • Arts/Culture
  • Civic Affairs
  • Health Care
  • Human Services
  • Education

Charitable Contributions Guidelines

All requests received by The M&T Charitable Foundation are reviewed in monthly meetings by local Charitable Contributions Committees.

In general, The M&T Charitable Foundation does not make grants to:

  • ​Individuals
  • Organizations that lack the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Political organizations, candidates or lobbying efforts
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Sports teams
  • National or international organizations, unless their programs have significant local impact​
  • Organizations that are not in compliance with applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on a protected status

Submission Requirements

If your organization would like to be considered for a charitable contribution, you may be asked to submit the following:

  1. Board member list with affiliations
  2. Copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption letter of determination
  3. Mission statement/purpose of your organization
  4. A list of other sources of funding
  5. Annual budget and/or project budget
  6. How you will measure the impact of your program​

​​​Additional Questions?

For information on how to apply for support, get in touch with the Charitable Contributions Contact for your region.

Apply Now

If you have read our guidelines and are ready to apply for support, please complete our online application to begin the process.

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People's United Community Foundation Grant Recipients FAQs

Yes. All 501c3 organizations that previously received funding from People’s United Community Foundation or People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern MA (“PUB Foundations”) are eligible to apply to the M&T Foundation. 

Applications are accepting on a rolling basis. There is no grant cycle period or application deadline. However, we recommend that you submit your grant request around the same time period that you would have applied to the PUB Foundation.

Please plan to apply a minimum of 8 weeks before a decision is needed. It is our goal to ensure that requests are reviewed, and decisions are made, in a timely manner. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Organizations will be notified of the status of their grant request as soon as possible to help meet your deadlines.

Yes. The M&T Foundation currently accepts both grant/programmatic requests as well as sponsorships/fundraising event requests. Therefore, if you are interested in submitting a request for sponsorship support in addition to grant support, more than one request can be submitted. Both Grant and Sponsorship requests are submitted utilizing the same Charitable Contributions Application form but should be submitted separately. The application will direct you to different questions based on your response for the type of funding support you are seeking. 

No. Organizations are welcome to apply for funding that meets M&T’s charitable contributions guidelines.

Yes. At this time, all previous PUB Foundation grantees are eligible to apply to the M&T Foundation, regardless of the previous focus area that you applied to under the PUB Foundation.

While there is no minimum or maximum grant amount that you can apply for, we recommend that you apply for a similar range of funding support that you previously received from the PUB Foundation.

Progress updates, which are the outcome measurements that were reported in Blackbaud-PUCF’s grants management system, will not be required. However, we strongly recommend that you continue to submit a final report, as required in years past. We welcome information on the impact of the PUB Foundation’s previous funding support, which can be attached to your new application when applying to the M&T Foundation.

For those organizations that received past funding support from both People’s United and M&T, we welcome a conversation to discuss our partnership and future funding opportunities. Please contact your local Foundation representative to discuss further.