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Grant Process

All grant requests must be made through our online application system.

Financial inclusion grant requests are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Our financial inclusion grantmaking strategy rests on our Three Pillars and each successful grant demonstrates a clear plan to achieve results in one or more of those focus areas.

Please note that for any area other than financial inclusion, the Foundation reviews requests for support by invitation only.

If a request meets the Foundation's eligibility guidelines (see below) and program priorities, then both the organization and proposal will be fully evaluated. Please note that depending on the scale and complexity of the proposed project, this evaluation process can take anywhere from one to six months and will involve ongoing consultations between the applicant and the Foundation team.

In the evaluation of the organization, the factors considered include the organization's general structure, objectives, history and management capability; its relationship to the community and the population to be served; its position relative to organizations performing similar functions; and its financial position and sources of income.

In the evaluation of the project, the factors considered include the project's goals and implementation plans; length of time for the project to be complete; the ultimate disposition of the project; benefits of the projects; and the sources of financial and other support.

In deciding the amount of support, the factors considered include availability of funds, relative priorities and funding patterns.

Grant renewals are not automatic and cannot be guaranteed from year to year.

Grant Eligibility Checklist

MetLife Foundation’s grant-making focuses on financial inclusion. Please note that for any area other than financial inclusion, the Foundation reviews requests for support by invitation only. Please also note that the Foundation will not make grants for any of the following:

  • Private foundations
  • Religious, fraternal, political, athletic or social organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Individuals
  • Local chapters of national organizations
  • Disease-specific organizations
  • Labor groups
  • Organizations primarily engaged in patient care or direct treatment, drug treatment centers and community health clinics.
  • Direct contributions to elementary and secondary schools (including charter, parochial and private schools)
  • Endowments
  • Courtesy advertising or festival participation
  • Sponsorships (golf tournaments, dinners, etc.)

To be considered for a MetLife Foundation grant, an organization must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization with a valid IRS Tax ID or equivalent organization.

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Financial Inclusion
in Action

The true impact of MetLife Foundation's financial inclusion commitment is best told through the individual stories of those that take what they learn and transform their lives.

Learn about how the Foundation's support of nonprofit organizations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is helping enable girls like Angeli Monique Siladan of the Philippines.


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