Walmart Chain Offers State, Regional Grants

As we’ve noted before, the Walmart Foundation should be on everyone’s top prospect list. The Walmart State Giving Program is robust, making multiple awards of up to $2,500 each. 501(c)(3) nonprofits can apply; national eligibility.

Funding: Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000; Deadline: Varies, see below.

Focus areas are Hunger Relief and Nutrition grants and community focused giving.  Examples of programs in Focused Giving areas: efforts that aim to enroll people in SNAP, healthy eating/ cooking skills training, nutrition education programs and career skills or job training efforts that lead to placement.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted during designated periods or cycles only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state. The giving program is to open early in 2015.

To determine which state applicants should apply for funding through, choose the state where the programs or services will be implemented. For example, if the organization is based in Alabama but is requesting funding for programs or services that will be delivered in Mississippi; applicants should apply to the Mississippi State Giving Program.

Other Funding

This program is different from the company’s national grants or its facility-level grants. Organizations are eligible for consideration for funding through multiple Walmart Foundation programs at the same time. Giving for nonprofits in Northwest Arkansas, where Walmart is headquartered, runs on a different cycle; that competition is to open soon.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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