The Great Expectations Foundation awards grants to local and national communities, organizations and groups who
cater to children age birth-18, with special consideration for the following:
• groups that operate to enhance
literacy and/or fitness
• groups that operate to enhance
physical and/or emotional wellness
• groups that operate to grow
spiritual awareness of adolescents and teens
• organizations serving the areas where
the Carrico family has established
community relations and/or associate support; specifically,
which associates donate their own time, talent and treasure
• programs designed to elevate a
child’s physical, mental, emotional, or
spiritual opportunities, and which provide measurable results and track
Expectations Foundation will provide grants twice each year for programs,
either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative
efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the
receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that
both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by companies
and/or employees contributing to the Foundation.
Foundation awards grants to tax exempt organizations (as determined under
section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational
organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C).
must also be aware of what the Foundation does not support as identified
in the Areas of Exclusion (see below).
parties must complete an eligibility quiz, be approved and invited to submit a
grant proposal as specified in our Application Process.
There are no
restrictions on grant amounts up to the quarterly allocation. Typical awards,
however are between USD $500 and USD $5,000.
Funds not allocated in a given year will be available for grants in
Grants are awarded once each year.
Grant applications are open to any organization that wishes to be considered
for a grant that meets the grant guidelines. Generally, the online grant
application will provide us sufficient information to make a decision. In some
rare cases we may ask for additional information to make a decision. The calendar
for this process is:
Grant applications due by: SEPT 15
Board selection from applicants: Sept 16 - Nov 30
Notification of selection by: December 1
Funding by: December 31
Any grant applications received
after a deadline will be considered for the next grant cycle.
foundation interests are local, there are no restrictions based on geography.
The Great Expectations Foundation supports local and national programs in the
United States. Applications from the Midwest region of the United States
may be given preferential consideration, as this is where the Carrico family
has established business headquarters, grown family, and experienced community;
it is where we, our employees and customers live. Currently, this is specific to Missouri,
Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky; but, applications from
other geographical areas will not be excluded.
Expectations Foundation will consider requests for matching funds for
qualifying projects or qualifying organizations that support the Foundation mission
1. Complete the Great Expectations
2. Great Expectations Foundation must be
acknowledged as “Matching Fund
Donor” in any advertisement relating to the
3. Audited statement of contributions will
be required before matching funds
Expectations Foundation recognizes that volunteer efforts are to be commended
and supported. To offer encouragement and to support these efforts, the
foundation will give preferential treatment to requests for grants for projects
to organizations in which our associates devote time and resources.
funds unexpended by the end of the grant term will be returned to Great
areas of exclusion
foundation will not make grants to international charitable organizations that
are not qualified in the US, or to for-profit businesses, or to
The foundation does not typically make grants for the following purposes.
Requests to fund the following purposes are likely to be denied:
Hospice or old age home programs,
Individuals for any purpose
Political lobbying activities or other
Dinners, balls, or other ticketed
Purposes outside of the Foundation's
funding priorities or geographic areas
of emphasis, as detailed in its Mission
& Audience section on this website
from educational institutions for scholarships, fellowships and for
unrestricted endowment are discouraged, as are proposals for individual
research efforts at such institutions.
than legal requirements, these lists are not absolute and may not always apply,
but they provide some guidance about our interests.