Foundation: Walmart Foundation; Program: National giving programs; Funding Focus: Education, workforce, environment, health; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits (projects addressing education and at-risk youth are encouraged); Funding: Multiple awards of up to $250,000 each (the Walmart Foundation gave $166 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The foundation focuses funding on four areas: (1) hunger relief & healthy eating (including programs for childhood nutrition); (2) Environmental sustainability to reduce waste and promote energy efficiency in communities; (3) women’s economic empowerment; and (4) career opportunity (workforce development for workers with low to moderate skills). Organizations should be operating on a national scale at multiple sites across the United States or have innovative initiatives that are ready for replication. Prospective grantees must be able to demonstrate that the program or project has previously achieved its proposed outcomes or provide research that validates work of the proposed grant.
These are different from the state/regional project grants. That grantmaking process is significantly different this year than in previous years. For states, the Sustainability and Women’s Economic Empowerment categories have been eliminated and replaced by the Community Engagement category. Another change is the creation of application cycles. All states have two application cycles. 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 (http://tinyurl.com/avgxdw5).