Blue Bell Foundation

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Mission

To support a variety of charitable causes that improve the quality of life of the people within the Wrangler and Red Kap communities and the communities where former Blue Bell operations existed.

Application deadlines

February 1
May 1
August 1
November 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Education
Health
Human services
Public/society benefit
Religion

States served

Alabama
Georgia
Kentucky
Mississippi
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

Geographic limitations

Communities of the states in which Blue Bell, Wrangler or Red Kap had or continue to have operations

Types of support

Capital campaigns, special programs

Trustees

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Grants are made primarily for charitable causes within or having a direct impact on the communities in which the former Blue Bell, Inc. has or had a Wrangler or Red Kap corporate, distribution, sales or manufacturing operation.

Special consideration will be made for requests for a grant to a charitable organization or institution within the Wrangler or Red Kap communities where employees or retirees of VF Jeanswear or VF Imagewear are actively involved in volunteer work with the charitable or civic cause.  Please include details of such connectivity in your grant application.

Grants are to be made primarily for capital campaigns and special programs of the grantee organization, although contributions may be made to annual fund drives of organizations and institutions that meet the basic purposes of the Foundation. The fact that some funds of an annual fund drive may be used for ongoing administrative and operational costs of the charitable organization will not be a disqualifying factor; however, the primary intent of the Foundation is to provide for special needs of the organization, to provide financial aid to assist the needy in participating in programs and services, and to meet the basic purposes of the Foundation. A significant majority of the proceeds of the annual fund drive should go to programs and services and not general administrative costs.

Requirements

  • Organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • Organizations must be located in or benefit the residents of the Wrangler or Red Kap communities or the communities where former Blue Bell operations existed.

Limitations

  • The foundation typically does not fund requests for general operating support.
  • Grants are not to be used to support business needs of VF Corporation or any of its related entities nor to meet requests of any of its customers.
  • No grants will be made to a charitable organization for the purchase of tickets or for the receipt of anything of economic value.
  • Grants will generally not be made to national offices of charitable organizations but only to local charities or branches of national charitable organizations that are working within the Wrangler, Red Kap or former Blue Bell communities.

Grantmaking priorities

Preference may be given to requests for the following:

  • Programs that support the health, education, and general welfare of the needy.

Average giving

Average grant size: $10,000
Average number of grants per year: 25
Average total giving per year: $300,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year round and grant awards are made quarterly – approximately March, June, September and December.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by March, June, September and December for applications received by the corresponding quarterly deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The Blue Bell Foundation was created in 1944 to honor the contributions of the many Blue Bell employees to the success of the company and to support the communities where Blue Bell operated.

Blue Bell, Inc., headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina was the original manufacturer of Wrangler jeans. Blue Bell, Inc. was formed in 1930 in Greensboro, NC following the merger of the Hudson Overall Company and the Big Ben Manufacturing Company of Middlesboro, Kentucky. At the time of its acquisition by VF Corporation in 1986, it was the second-largest maker of jeans and casual wear. Its other brands included Rustler jeans, Jantzen Swimwear, Jansport Backpacks and Sportswear and Red Kap Occupational Apparel. Many of the former Blue Bell and Red Kap operations continue today as VF Jeanswear and VF Imagewear.