The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, depending on the type of program.
The State Giving Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria.
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 (see below).
To determine which state you should apply for funding through, choose the state where the programs or services will be implemented, regardless of where your organization is based.
For example, if your organization is based in Alabama but you are requesting funding for programs or services that will be delivered in Mississippi; you would apply to the Mississippi State Giving Program.
Application cycles are highly competitive and based on alignment with preferred funding areas.
During cycles 1 and 2, the Walmart Foundation will only accept applications from organizations requesting funding for programs within the scope of Focused Giving* areas. If your program falls outside the Focused Giving areas and in an area described below as Community Engagement**, you may apply in either cycle 3 or 4. However, application cycles 3 and 4 will also accept applications from the Focused Giving areas.
It is important to remember that the majority of funds are allotted during cycles 1 and 2, so for organizations with programs fitting the Focused Giving* areas, it is best to apply in those cycles.
*Focused Giving - Organizations seeking funding for programs focused on Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Career Opportunity and Disaster Preparedness can apply in either one of
their state’s annual cycles.
- Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating examples include food pantries, backpack programs, nutrition education programming, cooking and food skills training and SNAP outreach.
- Career Opportunity examples include job training programs and placement programs. Special interest is given to programs focused on women and veteran programs.
- Disaster Preparedness examples include preparedness equipment (e.g. jaws of life, shelter kits, etc.) and disaster preparedness awareness programs.
**Community Engagement Giving - Organizations seeking funding for programs outside of those listed in Focused Giving, and whose programs focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations, can apply in cycles 3 and 4 only.
Community Engagement examples include education programs, healthcare access, shelters, and other human service programs.
Examples to help you know when to apply:
- An organization in Alabama requesting funding for programs focused on Hunger Relief can apply in either of their giving cycles -- 1 or 3. However, an organization in Alabama requesting funding for programs in Education can apply in cycle 3 only.
- An organization in Arizona requesting funding for a program focused on Career Opportunity can apply in either of their funding cycles -- 2 or 4. However, an organization in Arizona requesting funding for a program focused on Healthcare can apply in cycle 4 only.
- Applications must be entirely complete and submitted online to be considered.
- Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
- The Walmart Foundation reserves the right to adjust guidelines, submission deadlines and notification dates without prior notice.
The State Giving Program application is currently closed. The application will reopen April 4, 2016.