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Request for Proposals in Diverse Communities

We are helping people live better through this RFP by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development through Career Opportunity grants and by addressing Hunger and Healthy Eating education by helping people access nutritious food and learn how to prepare healthy meals for their families.

Request for Proposals

The Walmart Foundation is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) from non-profits serving diverse communities in the United States. The purpose of this RFP is to support work which addresses Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating Education and Career Opportunity for diverse communities. Specific emphasis will be placed on proposals which are able to demonstrate measurable outcomes and address issues within low-income communities which are traditionally underserved.

The Walmart Foundation expects to provide up to a total of $3 M in funding for all projects. Grants should focus on either an innovative idea to address the areas of concern or be programs that are ready to be scaled up to meet the needs of a larger portion of the underserved community it is addressing. Grants will be accepted in the range of $50,000 to $500,000 for the period of one year. We expect that most awards will be $250,000 or below. Organizations should submit one application for their strongest program in one area of interest explained below.

The application cycle is open from December 5, 2016 - January 5, 2017.

There will be an RFP Training on November 17th from 2:30-3:30pm CST. Click here to find the training information.

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LOI and Proposal Submission
LOIs and Proposals must be submitted via CyberGrants, the Walmart Foundation’s online application system. CyberGrants can be accessed on the Walmart Foundation website:

You must use the invitation code: DIRFPCM each time you access the application. The invitation code is case sensitive. If you are a first-time user, you will need to create an online profile before accessing the proposal form. Once the LOI and proposal forms are filled out in CyberGrants, please click “Submit.” Please follow each submission with an email to with the subject line, “Diversity & Inclusion RFP” to inform of your submission.

LOIs must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST, January 6, 2017. LOIs and Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered. LOIs and Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, even prior to the deadline. This allows the Foundation to ask clarifying questions or address errors or misunderstandings if necessary before the application closes.

Key Dates
Q&A on RFPNovember 17, 2016
System opens to accept LOIsDecember 5, 2016
Submit LOIs deadlineJanuary 5, 2017
Semi-finalists selectedJanuary 16, 2017
Semi-finalists submit proposdals deadlineFebruary 3, 2017
Selection of finalist organizationsFebruary 24, 2017
Submit finalists’ proposals for funding reviewMarch 2017
Notification of AwardsApril 2017
Disbursement of AwardsLate April 2017

Statement of Non-Commitment
Issuance of this RFP does not commit the Walmart Foundation to award a grant or to pay any costs incurred in preparation of the proposals to respond to the RFP. Those responding to this RFP must follow its procedures and requirements. Failure to comply with or complete any part of this RFP may result in rejection of the proposal. The Walmart Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or to negotiate separately with competing applicants for funds described in this RFP.

The Walmart Foundation reserves the right to modify this RFP and the National Giving Program’s guidelines, submission deadlines and notification dates without prior notice.

About Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

Giving Guidelines

Eligibility Checklist

  • Organizations should be operating on a national scale at multiple sites across the U.S. or have innovative initiatives that are ready for replication in multiple states
  • Work must fit within the Walmart Foundation’s focus areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, and Career Opportunity.
  • Only organizations with a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (other than a Type III supporting organization) are eligible to apply. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted.
  • Prospective grantees must be able to demonstrate that the program or project has previously achieved its proposed outcomes or provide research that validates work of the proposed grant.
  • Overhead and indirect costs must not exceed 10% of total project budget.
  • Grant request must not exceed 20% of the applicant’s total operating budget for the most recent fiscal year.
  • Grant funds may not be used to cover more than 50% of personnel expenses for any single program-related position.
  • Collaborative proposals submitted by two or more eligible organizations will be considered. One organization must serve as the lead applicant and handle reporting for the collaboration.

Award Conditions

  • Organizations that have already received a National Giving grant, but have not completed an impact report, may not apply or receive a new grant.
  • The Walmart Foundation does not currently award multi-year commitments. If selected, grantees will receive funding for up to one year.

Selection Process

  • LOIs must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an LOI does not guarantee funding.
  • Following review of your letter of inquiry (LOI), a grant administrator will contact your organization via e-mail to confirm the status.
  • If the Walmart Foundation is interested in pursuing your request, a full proposal requesting additional information will be invited.
  • The Walmart Foundation reserves the right to adjust guidelines, submission deadlines and notification dates without prior notice.

Funding Exclusions

  • Association/chamber memberships
  • Athletic sponsorships (teams/events)
  • Capital campaigns and endowments (defined as any plans to raise funds for a significant purchase or expense, such as new construction, major renovations or to help fund normal budgetary items)
  • Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members
  • General operating expenses
  • Research projects
  • Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university, or vocational school attendance)
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events (galas, walks, races, tournaments, etc.)
  • Travel or lodging expenses for groups or individuals, where travel is the primary reason and/or majority cost for the proposal.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for National Giving?

You must submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) online into CyberGrants to be considered.


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 organizations that are currently listed in the Internal Revenue Service's current 50 State Master File are eligible. If you believe that a system error is preventing you from submitting an application, please contact the IRS at 1-877-829-5500 and request to be added to Publication 78, also known as the 50 State Master File.

My organization has received a grant through another Walmart Foundation program. Am I eligible to apply for the Diversity & Inclusion RFP?

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

Award Conditions

Can an organization request a product donation or gift cards instead of a grant through the National Giving Program?

No. Only financial grants are available through this program. Requests for in-kind donations (products and gift cards) should be made at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club facility

Are there other grant programs sponsored by Walmart or the Walmart Foundation that provides grants of less than $50,000?

Yes. The State Giving Program supports projects that are statewide or regional in scope. Walmart’s Local Giving Program supports local initiatives in areas where Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations or Logistics facilities operate. All giving programs can be accessed on the giving page.

If my organization receives a grant, are we required to submit a report detailing how the grant was used?

Yes. All grant recipients are required to submit an impact report detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved. The impact report template will be sent via e-mail to the organization contact after the grant has been awarded. Grantees are not eligible to reapply until the impact report has been received.

Who makes the funding decisions for grants awarded through the Diversity & Inclusion RFP?

A council of Walmart associates under the direction of the National Giving program manager will review the applications and recommend winning grants to the Walmart Foundation.

When will the winners be notified?

Grant winners will be notified in April 2017.

How can I ask questions about the application process?

A Q&A session and CyberGrants training session will be conducted on January 19, 2016. The access information for this training is as follows:

1. You can join by accessing or using the WebEx mobile app in the Google Play or Apple Store

  • Meeting Number: 744 339 716
  • Meeting Password: Walmart

2. You may also join by telephone @ 1-855-797-9485, access code: 744 339 716 but you will not be able to see the slides.
You may submit questions for the training to the RFP mailbox at