How do I apply for the Walmart US Manufacturing Innovation Fund?
You must submit a Letter
of Intent online
to be considered. The 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 Intent must be submitted by 11:59
p.m. EDT on August 24, 2015 for consideration during the 2015-2016
My organization is undertaking an applied research project but is a for-profit entity. Can I still apply?
No. Only the following types of organizations
may apply: (i) tax-exempt public
charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of
1986 (other than a Type III supporting organization), or (ii) public university
that is an instrumentality of a state government or any political subdivision
thereof or the District of Columbia, including city and community colleges, for
exclusively public purposes.
Part of my project team includes members from a for-profit organization. Can I still apply?
Yes. However, Projects must be led by a
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 visit
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
If my organization has received funding through another Walmart or Walmart Foundation program, can I still apply for funding?
are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same
Is there another Walmart or Walmart Foundation program that provides grants of less than $100,000 for applied research projects?
There are currently
no other Walmart or 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.
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 intent by starting the
process here. Letters of inquiry are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT
on August 24, 2015. 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.
How do I register to submit an LOI?
You will be asked to create a
password for our grant application system, CyberGrants. During that process you
will be able to provide the organization’s 501(c)(3) Tax ID, as well as your
email address and password. Once you have provided that information, you will
be able to login and start an LOI.
Universities that do not have a 501(c)(3) Tax ID currently listed on the IRS Master File (also known as Publication 78) must be manually verified by Technical Support. Please send an email to email@example.com and provide the name of the university, its address, your name, phone number, and email address. Please allow 2-3 business days for your request to be processed.
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