Charitable Grants
Through an annual giving process, charitable grants are awarded to mission-driven organizations serving communities where BBVA operates. Special programs implemented by the Foundation are designed to respond to the needs of low and moderate income people and neighborhoods.

To be considered for grant funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain nonprofit, tax-exempt classification under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Align with one or more of the Foundation’s six focus areas
  • Be located or provide service in BBVA’s markets: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, or Texas

Organizational Characteristics
Strong consideration is given to organizations with the following characteristics:

  • Target individuals or communities with low-to-moderate income (LMI) levels;
  • Help build inclusive and diverse communities; and
  • Foster collaborative efforts with other stakeholders that leverage our community investments

Focus Areas

The BBVA Foundation will provide consideration to requests that best reflect the focus area targets detailed below.

Community Development

Giving priorities:
  • Create and preserve affordable housing
  • Alternative financial services and products to LMI communities through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)
  • Revitalize the physical infrastructure of LMI neighborhoods
  • Facilitate the creation and preservation of jobs, especially those that employ LMI people
  • Financial education and financial capability aimed at adults and small business owners, especially in LMI communities
  • Support entrepreneurship and provide economic development for minority and underserved groups and/or LMI areas


Giving priorities:

  • Address pressing needs in Pre-K – 12 education through public school-sponsored or facilitated curriculum-based programs
  • Advance Pre-K – 12 student performance through professional development, support and retention of teachers
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
  • Support research and special programs at higher education institutions

Diversity and Inclusion

Giving priorities:

  • Provide capacity building to organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations
  • Provide for leadership development of underrepresented groups through organizations serving minority segments, especially targeted at low-income populations
  • Promote tolerance and understanding among mainstream and minority populations

Arts and Culture

Giving priorities:
  • Facilitate access to and participation in cultural experiences for LMI and minority populations
  • Promote the integration of the arts into comprehensive community development efforts
  • Ensure the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities/venues that reflect the diversity of the community

Environmental and Natural Resources

Giving priorities:

  • Enable and sustain access to green technology and sustainable sources of energy to LMI communities
  • Provide support for projects with significant impact on the protection of the environment and sustainable practices
  • Promote public education about the environment and sustainability

Health and Human Services

Giving priorities:

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Ensure access to health education programs
  • Ensure access to quality health care


The BBVA Foundation will not make contributions to support certain types of requests. These include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Sponsorships, events or projects for which BBVA and/or its employees receive tangible benefits or privileges. This includes golf tournaments, tables at events and other fundraising activities that include tickets, meals or other benefits.
  • General operating expenses for organizations that already receive substantial support through United Way or other campaigns in which BBVA participates.
  • Programs of a national scope that do not specifically benefit communities in our footprint.
  • Organizations based outside of the United States. 
  • Political action committees, political causes or candidates.
  • Veteran and fraternal organizations.
  • Alumni organizations.
  • Religious organizations that are not engaged in a significant project that is nonsectarian and benefits a broad base of the community.
  • An organization or project that discriminates on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, or any other status or other classification protected by federal, state or local law.
  • Private foundations.
  • Individual pre-college schools – private or home schools.
  • Individual schools in public school systems (other than through efforts to benefit system-wide programs and initiatives or as a part of a BBVA-sponsored partnership program).

Application Process

Small Grants Program - Open Process
The BBVA Foundation accepts unsolicited small grant applications from nonprofit organizations interested in applying for up to $5,000 in grant funding. To initiate a request to the Small Grants Program please submit an online application here. The next application cycle will open on January 31, 2021. 

All Other Grants - Invitation Only
All other Foundation grantmaking is by invitation-only. If you have any questions about the process, please email the BBVA Foundation team at: