Jackson community grants

Supporting strong families and economic opportunity

Jackson's philanthropic dollars are invested in projects that strengthen families and increase economic opportunities to make a meaningful, long-term impact in the places we work and live. Priority is given to projects within these focus areas. Nonprofits serving people in the Lansing, MI, Nashville, TN, or Chicago, IL, areas that are interested in a Jackson community grant are encouraged to apply for consideration. 

Ready to apply?

Apply for a Jackson grant for your nonprofit today.

Grant deadlines

The Jackson Grants Committee includes associates from across the company.  Twice a year, they make recommendations to fund the projects that can make the most impact.

  2021 Cycle A 2021 Cycle B
Application deadline March 2, 2021 September 15, 2021
Notification deadline May 28, 2021 November 27, 2021
Funds distributed by June 23, 2021 December 23, 2021

Helpful tips to make your grant application stand out:

1. Provide simple budgets that balance.

Simply stated, if your budget does not add up or match the programs/expenses your application describes, your application will not move forward in the funding process. Provide a simple budget in Excel that describes and includes adequate funding sources.

2. No need to reinvent the wheel.

We don’t just fund new initiatives or programs. In fact, we prefer to fund programs that have a track record of success.

3. Share your work.

While we would love to see your work first-hand, sometimes we are only able to connect via phone. Sharing your most recent newsletter or client successes with us can be helpful in building a relationship with you and your organization—before, during, and after the grant-request process.

4. Program impact matches funding priorities.

Our number one goal is to fund programs that strengthen families and/or increase economic opportunities in the communities our associates call home. In your grant application, be clear on how the work you do and are seeking funding for accomplishes this shared goal. It is helpful to include an equation such as: your tactics + impact created = long-term effect, and add any data you have as proof points.

5. Adhere to deadlines.

Jackson has two grant applications each year. Nonprofits that submit their applications in advance of these deadlines demonstrate the ability to plan well and get things accomplished. Submitting an application ahead of the deadline also allows us to reach out to ask clarifying questions about your application.

6. Need more info?

If you have questions or would like more information about our grant applications call (877) 930-3843 or email us.

Funding restrictions

Jackson will not review corporate funding requests for:

  • Individuals 
  • Private foundations  
  • Health clinics, treatment centers or hospitals  
  • Disease and/or disorder-specific organizations  
  • Sectarian, denominational, or religious organizations (except for programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone and free from religious orientation)  
  • Public or private elementary or secondary schools, school districts, or school foundations  
  • School-district affiliated sports teams or clubs 
  • Any tax-exempt organization that does not fall under IRS tax code 501(c)3 including but not limited to civic leagues (501(c)4), labor organizations (501(c)5), social clubs (501(c)7), fraternal societies (501(c)8), veterans’ organizations (501(c)19), or political organizations (527)

Jackson does not provide funding to any organization that discriminates based on race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status.

Jackson® is the marketing name for Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Home Office: Lansing, Michigan) and Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York® (Home Office: (Purchase, New York). Jackson National Life Distributors LLC.