The Bank’s philanthropic goal is to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive, and sustainable change within its highest-needs neighborhoods and communities across the globe. The Bank focuses its grantmaking on one area: targeting challenged neighborhoods. Within that specialty are three subspecialties: community development, education, and arts and culture. The Bank directs the majority of its time, attention, and investment toward specific neighborhoods in cities where it has major operations; typically among the most challenged areas of major urban centers, defined by unacceptably high rates of poverty and historic disinvestment. Community development grants support projects and programs that stabilize families living in high-poverty neighborhoods, specifically resident-focused programming that addresses workforce development, asset building, and financial literacy and community-focused programming that addresses economic development and affordable housing. Education grants are focused on helping students enrolled in public K-12 schools acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become productive, engaged citizens. Arts and culture grantmaking seeks opportunities to integrated the arts into children’s educational opportunities and position arts organizations and artists as key drivers of local economic renewal. United States applicants must submit an online letter of inquiry. International applicants must send a letter of inquiry to the individual country contact listed on the Web site.
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