Key Bank Foundation

Key Bank Foundation Education Grants

KeyBank Foundation supports organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures. Our funding priorities focus on neighbors, education and workforce. Through grants and sponsorships, we make dreams a reality.

Our Mission

KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that was founded in 1969 and funded by KeyCorp. We focus on improving lives through three approaches:


Our education grants help students prepare for fulfilling careers by providing access to high-quality education as well as offering support to help them achieve academically. With our grants we assist students with:

  • Preparation: Improvement in GPA and standardized test scores gets students ready to succeed
  • Access: Our grants ensure more students than ever have access to financial resources for education
  • Attainment: We work to improve college enrollment and retention rates
  • Completion: We stand by our students throughout their education as we improve graduation rates

KeyBank Foundation typically reviews and decides upon grant requests each quarter through committees of officers within the organization. There are no deadlines for grant applications. Separate from grants, charitable sponsorship requests are considered as they are received.

KeyBank Foundation values organizations which embrace inclusion. KeyBank Foundation does not make grants to organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, we generally do not make the following types of grants:

  • Grants outside of the following states in which we have retail operations: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Grants for memberships, lobbying or political activities, advertisements, athletic teams, booster clubs and organizations outside the United States, organizations that are inconsistent with U.S. equal opportunity policies, selected organizations with Internal Revenue Code Section 509(a)(3) status.

If you’d like to speak with us prior to applying for a grant or charitable sponsorship, please contact your nearest KeyBank market office with questions. For KeyBank Foundation requests, preliminary grant inquiries are accepted by telephone or in writing. You may also develop a draft of the grant application and share it with us via email prior to submitting.

For additional information on how to apply, visit website (click on Link below). 

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For Grantwriting/Program Development Assistance:

Grants Office  
Phone: (585) 352-2773
Email: [email protected]