Innovation Fund FAQ

Overview

How do I apply for the Walmart US Manufacturing Innovation Fund?

You must submit a Letter of Intent online to be considered.  The Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will contact you if it chooses to pursue your application, at which time you must submit a full proposal. Instructions for doing this will be provided at the appropriate time.

What are the deadlines to apply for the Fund?

Letters of inquiry must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 22, 2014 for consideration during the 2014 grant cycle. We will release deadlines for the next grant cycle after completion of this cycle.

Eligibility

My organization is undertaking an applied research project but is a for-profit entity. Can I still apply?

No. Only 501(c)(3) organizations are currently eligible for funding. However, the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will evaluate funding guidelines each cycle and is interested in hearing about other innovative efforts in the research community. Please let us know about your work by filling out this form and emailing it to USAFund@wal-mart.com. We will keep your information on file and will contact you if future opportunities arise. 

Part of my project team includes members from a for-profit organization. Can I still apply?

Yes. However, Projects must be led by a nonprofit entity. Please include only budget items for the non-profit portion of your project team in your proposed budget. We are not able to fund for-profit organizations at this time. 

My organization is a current Walmart supplier or is interested in becoming a future Walmart supplier. Can I apply for funding as investment in my company?

No. Current or potential suppliers of manufactured goods to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are currently ineligible for funding. If you are a potential supplier making products in the U.S., please contact us by emailing  USAFund@wal-mart.com.

My organization has a pending 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or just recently received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and I am receiving a system error. Can I still request funding?

No. Only non-profit 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public universities that are the instrument of a state government (including city and community colleges)  are eligible for funding. Organizations should be currently listed in the Internal Revenue Service's current 50-State Master File. If you believe that a system error is preventing you from submitting an application, please contact the IRS at 1-877-829-5500. 

If the focus area of my application is outside of the prioritized list, will my application still be considered?

Yes. Your application will still be considered for funding. However, projects aligned with the current list of focus areas will be given priority.

My organization is undertaking an applied research project but is a for-profit entity. Can I still apply?

No. Only non-profit 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public universities that are the instrument of a state government (including city and community colleges)
However, the Fund is an expanding initiative and is interested in hearing about other innovative efforts in the research community. Please let us know about your work by emailing USAfund@wal-mart.com and we'll be in touch with future funding opportunities.

Part of my project team is a for-profit organization. Can I still apply?

Yes. However, this project must be led by a nonprofit entity. Please include only budget items for the non-profit portion of your project team in your proposed project budget. We are not able to fund for-profit organizations at this time. 

If my organization has received funding through another Walmart or Walmart Foundation program, can I still apply for funding?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time.

Award Conditions

Is there another Walmart Foundation program that provides grants of less than $100,000 for applied research projects?

There are currently no other Walmart Foundation programs that provide funding for applied research projects. 

If I receive a grant, am I required to submit a report detailing how the grant was used?

Yes. Each Recipient will outline a set of outcomes and metrics for measuring success in the full proposal. All Recipients are required to submit an impact report detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved on the basis of these Project proposal materials.

Application Process

I would like to submit a full proposal to the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Where should I send this?

Please submit a letter of inquiry by starting the process here. Letters of inquiry are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 22, 2014. Only applicants that receive an invitation after submitting a letter of inquiry should submit a full proposal. 

I am having problems with the CyberGrants system online. Where can I get help with this?

Please contact Cybergrants Support system with any technical questions about the platform.

Intellectual Property

Will the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund claim any intellectual property (IP) right or other ownership in my Project?

None of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund, USCM, Walmart or the Walmart Foundation will claim any ownership interest for any IP created during and for the Project by the Recipient solely on the basis of funding the Project through the Fund. Recipient accepts all liability for third party IP claims in connection with the Project.