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Funding Guidelines

To uphold the Taco Bell Foundation mission, approved grantees must use provided funds towards programs that fulfill the following requirements:

Empowering youth (ages 16-24) to discover and pursue their career and educational pathways.

  • Examples include, but are not limited to: financial literacy resources, mentorship and job skill experiences, college readiness programming, creative and social innovation experiences, and direct financial assistance.

Allowing youth to participate in program(s) or experience(s) that are:

  • Real-world, hands-on learning
  • Interactive with other young adults, professors, mentors and/or career professionals
  • Inspiring and fun!

All approved organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) IRS approved organization
  • Broad base of funding support and long-term organizational strategic plan
  • Dedicated staff that’s capable of executing funded experience(s) or program(s)
  • Able to spend all granted funds on the approved program by end of grant term

Organizations that fall within the below criteria are not eligible for funding:

  • Debt reduction, capital campaigns, endowments, annual fund appeals
  • Individuals (Taco Bell Foundation scholarship recipients excluded)
  • Projects/programs limited to a specific race, creed, national origin, handicap or ethnicity
  • Program costs that have already concluded
  • Events, venues, clubs and associations linked to a specific political party or religion
  • Programs or events sponsored by competitors in a quick service restaurant category



Since the Taco Bell Foundation follows an invitation-only application process, how do you identify potential grantees?
We seek out organizations that align with our mission to help young people pursue their educational goals and career aspirations. Together with local Taco Bell® leadership, we identify organizations and programs that build tomorrow’s leaders. While we would like to partner with all non-profit organizations, we regrettably are unable to do so.

What is the general grant size?
Taco Bell Foundation does not have a fixed grant range. Many factors, including the proposed program, funds available and the organization making the request, determine grant amounts. Based on the previous years, grant amounts typically range from $2,500 to $100,000.

How many applications can my organization submit?
Invited organizations are permitted to submit one application per year.

When is the 2018-2019 grant term?
The grant term for approved organizations is September 3, 2018 – August 1, 2019.

When will invited organizations be notified on the status of their application?
Organizations are identified and invited to apply in Spring. All invited organizations will be notified with the final decision on their application by end of August 2018. We appreciate applicant’s patience as we carefully review all requests and notify each organization.



Please email TBFLocalGiving@TacoBell.com.