Social Responsbility

Applying for a Grant

SC Johnson is proud to support its communities through philanthropic giving.

Our efforts assist existing non-profit organizations or programs focused on defined areas of interest including education, social services, environment, community development, arts and culture, and health.

Interested in applying for a grant? Start by reviewing these frequently asked questions about SC Johnson grants. Links to our grant application are located in the left column and at the bottom of this FAQ.


Who is eligible for an SC Johnson grant?
Your organization must be a registered, qualified tax-exempt, section 501(c)(3) charity based in the United States, or a government entity such as a school, library, or public agency.

What organizations or programs will not be considered for an SC Johnson grant?

  • Individuals
  • Social, athletic, veteran, labor fraternal organizations or religious groups, as such, but will consider programs that are documented to show they benefit the community as a whole  
  • Organizations based outside the United States    
  • Political action groups, candidates or lobbying efforts    
  • Salary or wage support for staff or administrative personnel other than what might be needed for administration of specific programs or projects    
  • General operating support for organizations that are supported by the United Way, but consideration will be given to specific programs that are not funded by the United Way    
  • Conferences, seminars or workshops since this is the primary function of The Johnson Foundation, an operating foundation based in Racine, WI that receives major support from SC Johnson. SC Johnson may consider requests for support of conferences, seminars or workshops outside of Racine, WI, on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Any program, initiative, or effort that might pose a possible conflict of interest for SC Johnson or any of its businesses (e.g., programs that provide a direct benefit to the company)
SC Johnson does not support organizations that have a policy of discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender expression or transition, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, whether the discrimination policies are written or are in practice. Our policy is to not provide grants to any organization that maintains such a policy.


If my 501(C) (3) has a pending status, do I qualify to receive a donation?

SC Johnson does not fund organizations with a pending 501(c) (3) status. Only organizations that are verified with a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) designation, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, are eligible to receive donations.


What is the focus of SC Johnson grants?
SC Johnson predominately supports institutions or organizations that serve or directly impact communities where we have major operations.

Areas of Focused Giving

  • Arts, Culture & Humanities - Programs that provide accessible and affordable arts and cultural experiences to the community, i.e., the performing arts, architectural and historical societies, museums, zoos.
  • Community & Economic Development - Programs that improve the quality of life in the areas of economic and community infrastructure, capacity building, economic development, safe neighborhoods and job training.
  • Education - Programs that emphasize student academic achievement, with a focus on academic enrichment and advancement, i.e., early childhood education, K-12; post-secondary; technical and vocational schools.
  • Health & Wellness - Programs that encourage public health and wellness education and equitable access to healthcare, as well as community sports and recreation programs.
  • Social Services- Programs that provide supportive services for low-income/at-risk individuals or families to help them on the road to self-sufficiency, i.e., services for families, disabled, elderly; domestic disaster prevention; temporary shelter; and support for the disadvantaged and those living in poverty.
  • Environment & Sustainability - Programs that encourage sustainability through stewardship of community ecosystems; pollution abatement; natural resource conservation; environmental beautification; renewable energy; and wildlife preservation.

My organization is not located in a geographic area that SC Johnson predominately supports. Should I still submit an application?
While we put emphasis on geographic areas where we have major operations, we do entertain requests that are regional or national in scope. In these instances, we provide a two-stage application process in which we will initially collect broad information about your project or program. If, after reviewing this initial information, we are interested in learning more, we will reach out to the applicant to collect additional information that will allow us to effectively review the funding opportunity. If we are not interested in the funding opportunity, we will inform the applicant at the earliest possible time.


Do you have deadlines for applications?
There are no application deadlines. We accept applications on a rolling basis. In most cases, applications will be reviewed by staff within 90-120 days of their submission.

Can I submit a paper application?
No, all applications must be submitted through our on-line application process.

How long will the funding review process take?
In most cases, the grant review process will take 90-120 days.

When will I be contacted about the status of my proposal?
After you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. After an initial review, you may be contacted to provide additional information. After final review of your application, you will receive notification indicating whether your grant request has been approved or declined. Please note that the review process is typically 90-120 days.

Will I need to submit a report of results and measurements?
For all grants of more than $5,000, we expect an outcome report on results at the end of the project or program year, i.e., successes achieved toward goals, number of people served, funds raised, etc.

How can I contact SC Johnson to apply for a grant?
If you have additional questions after reviewing our website, please contact us via email at:


What information will I need to have available to complete the on-line application?

  • Current list of organization’s officers and directors
  • Itemized program / project budget
  • Copy of the 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption determination letter issued by the US Internal Revenue Service
  • List of corporate and foundation donors

Do I have to complete the application in one on-line session?
No, you can start the application and choose to save and finish it at another time. Just click on the “Save and Finish later” button at the bottom of each application page.

Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?
No, your application is NOT saved automatically. To ensure no application data is lost, please click the “Save and Finish Later” button at the bottom of each application page.

Can I get a copy of the on-line application form?
Yes, click on the “Printer Friendly Version” link located in the top right hand corner of each application page.

How do I navigate from one page to the next within the application?
You can use the tabs across the top of the page, or the “back” button or the “return to my account” link in the top right hand corner of the application page.

How do I spellcheck my application?
To spellcheck a field, click on the red check mark to the right of the field box.

How do I return to an incomplete application that I saved, but have not yet submitted?
Once you create an on-line grant application account, you will receive an e-mail notification that includes the e-mail address and password required to access your saved application. This e-mail will also include the web address of the Account Login page.

Where do I forward my on-line application?
Once the application is completed on-line, you will need to click the “Review & Submit” button at the bottom of the last page of the application to submit your application electronically. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address that you used to create your on-line grant application account.


Is my internet browser compatible with the SC Johnson on-line grant application?
Our on-line grant application is certified to work with the following Internet browser software:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (for PC) SP-2    
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 (for PC)
  • Safari 2.0 (for MAC)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0

What document formats can be attached to my application?
We accept the following types of files: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF. Combined size of all uploads cannot exceed 25 MB.

To begin the grant application process, click here.

To return to an existing application, click here.

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