Opportunities for specific geographic areas
Grants Bolster Programs for Underserved and At-Risk Children and Youth
Panera Bread Foundation
The Panera Bread Foundation’s mission is to support and strengthen communities by investing in underserved and at-risk children and youth to become leaders. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. who provide access to programs for at-risk, underserved, or historically underrepresented children and youth. (Part of the services provided must be within 25 miles of a Panera U.S. location.) Qualified organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving predominantly children and youth of color, ages 10-18, that have a new or existing program focused on college readiness, skills building, workforce or leadership development, post-high school planning, or mentorship. Eligible organizations can apply for grants between $25,000 and $150,000. The application deadline is November 14, 2022. Visit the Panera Bread website for more information on the Foundation and apply online to submit a grant application. In addition, Panera’s Day-End Dough-Nation program donates unsold bread, bagels, and baked goods from Panera’s bakery-cafes to local nonprofit organizations, public schools, and religious organizations. Applicants must distribute the donated products to people in need, people who are ill, or to underserved and at-risk children and youth and must commit to picking up and distributing the donations on a weekly and continuous basis. Organizations who are interested in the program can apply online. Panera’s Donation Team will respond to all applicants.