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General Grant Program

Through the General Grant Program, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation funds research and educational projects that empower underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life.
The Foundation especially welcomes applications for research projects of approximately $50,000–$100,000 that use data from the National Financial Capability Study (and other existing data sets) to advance understanding of the relationships among financial literacy, financial capability and financial well-being. Priority is also given to projects that further financial inclusion and address systemic financial inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, and other social differences. 

The Grant Guidelines specify eligibility requirements and other criteria. Please review the guidelines carefully.

Application Process

The first step in applying for a FINRA Foundation grant is the submission of the Project Concept Form. Certain applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal. Applicants invited to prepare a full proposal will receive detailed submission instructions.


The FINRA Foundation accepts Project Concept Forms at any time. The Foundation will respond to your Project Concept Form within one month of receipt and either decline the request or invite a full proposal. The entire decision-making process—from the submission of a Project Concept Form to a notification of funding—takes several months.

Grant Amounts

Most grants approved by the FINRA Foundation are under $100,000. Indirect costs or overhead must not exceed 10% of direct costs.

Grant Duration

Most grants are completed within 24 months. The FINRA Foundation looks favorably upon projects that demonstrate sustainability beyond the grant period.


If you have questions, please contact the FINRA Foundation’s Laura Rowell (202-728-8438) or Robert Ganem (202-728-8362).

Grant Guidelines

The Foundation’s Grant Guidelines specify eligibility requirements and other criteria.