BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan. 31, 2013 – The Walmart Foundation Utah State Giving Program today announced $143,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations as part of its second giving cycle. In total for 2012, the Walmart Foundation’s Utah State Giving Program awarded $300,000 to non-profit organizations throughout the state. The council awards grants starting at $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve a particular state or region.
“The Walmart Foundation is proud to make a real difference in Utah,” said Deborah Herron, director for community affairs at Walmart. “We were able to give $300,000 last year through our Utah State Giving Council to support outstanding community programs that are providing important services to those who need it most.”
Grant recipients this cycle include:
- Odyssey House in Salt Lake City received $41,000
- Dixie Care and Share in St. George received $25,000
- Cache Community Food Pantry received $52,000
- Iron County Care and Share in Cedar City received $25,000
One of the grantee organizations, Iron County Care and Share, has a mission to work with partners in the community, neighboring counties and in the state to help homeless and low-income individuals and families work together toward self-sufficiency. “We have such a heartfelt gratitude to the Walmart Foundation for partnering with us to serve,” said Joy Jankowiak, executive director for Iron County Care and Share. “Now more than ever, Utah families need our support as they struggle to make ends meet.”
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant system. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. The spring 2013 grant program is now open and accepting applications through March 1, 2013. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.