Build-A-Bear Foundation

Since 1997, children and families around the world have made furry friends and memories at Build-A-Bear Workshop. From the first day of school to blowing out candles on the birthday cake, our furry friends have been right there by children’s sides. They also have given hugs after a scraped knee or a visit to the doctor. When a child is sick, scared or lonely and reaches for their teddy bear, Build-A-Bear is there.

We believe in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side. Because of this belief, Build-A-Bear and Build-A-Bear Foundation focus our giving efforts on the well-being of children. It’s part of our Foundation mission: to add a little more  to life by sharing hugs and making days a little brighter for those in need.

Build-A-Bear Foundation


GRANTS

Build-A-Bear Foundation is committed to furthering our mission to add a little more to life by sharing hugs and making days a little brighter for those in need. We’re proud to provide grant funding to nonprofit organizations and registered charities doing good work in their communities.

We believe in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side. Because of this belief, Build-A-Bear and Build-A-Bear Foundation focus our giving efforts on the well-being of children. It’s part of our Foundation mission: to add a little more to life by sharing hugs and making days a little brighter for those in need.

What types of children’s programs does a Build-A-Bear Foundation Grant support?

  • Children facing and undergoing treatment for life-threatening or chronic illness
  • Children impacted by natural disasters
  • Children who have been removed from their homes
  • Children in foster care
  • Homeless children
  • Youth services for underprivileged children
  • Children who have lost a family member (parent or sibling)
  • Companion animal services

GRANT REQUIREMENTS

Recipient organization must be a tax-exempt, non-profit organization as defined by IRS Code 501(c)(3) or a registered charity in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Recipient organization must serve an area within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store. Funds must directly support programs that promote the Build-A-Bear Foundation mission.

GRANT DISTRIBUTION

Issued grants will be no more than $25,000 and no less than $5,000.

Grants will be issued no later than August 31st of each calendar year to allow time for appropriate review and vetting.

In an effort to help as many as possible, if an organization receives a grant, they are not eligible to receive another grant for one calendar year.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

All grant requests must be submitted online between January 1 and March 31. We are unable to accept any grant requests via email, phone call or letter.

No applications will be accepted before or after this timeframe, but we invite you to apply during the grant request period the following year.

APPLY NOW

To learn more about Build-A-Bear Foundation Grants and requirements, please visit our Charitable Giving FAQs.