Innovation Fund FAQ


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?

The deadline to apply has passed. Letters of Intent must have been submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2015 for consideration during the 2015-2016 grant cycle. 


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 nonprofit entity.

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 1-877-829-5500.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.