Calling all Chatham County nonprofits: Walmart welcomes applications for grants from $25,000 to $200,000

Richmond, VA – The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle Monday welcoming North Carolina nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is Jan 30. You can submit your group’s application here.

WalMart Foundation fighting hunger

  • Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating examples include food pantries, backpack programs, nutrition education programming, cooking and food skills training and SNAP outreach.
  • Career Opportunity examples include job training programs and placement programs.  Special interest is given to programs focused on women and veteran programs.
  • Disaster Preparedness examples include preparedness equipment (e.g. jaws of life, shelter kits, etc.) and disaster preparedness awareness programs.

Program Funding Exclusions

  • Athletic sponsorships (teams/events)
  • Capital campaigns (defined as any plans to raise funds for a significant purchase or expense, such as new construction or major renovations)
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events (walks, races, tournaments, dinners etc.), including but not limited to participation, sponsorship, and execution
  • Immediate disaster relief efforts (does not include disaster preparedness efforts)
  • Individuals (requests made solely for the benefit of one person or family)
  • Memberships, including association/chamber memberships
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Programs that directly benefit Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in any way (e.g., driving customer traffic to stores, purchasing only Walmart product or gift cards, supplying candidates for Walmart employment, etc.)
  • Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college or university)

Organization Exclusions

  • Organizations that have already received funding through the State Giving Program this fiscal year (Feb. 1 – Jan. 31)
  • Organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran, disability status, or other legally protected class
  • Organizations that have not completed the required Impact Reports for any previous State Giving grants received from the Walmart Foundation
  • Organizations whose funds will not be managed and used within the state to which they are applying
  • Organizations whose programming or policies may position Walmart, Sam’s Club, or the Walmart Foundation in a negative light
  • Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members

Selection Process

  • Once an application is received, it is reviewed by the Walmart Foundation to ensure it meets all funding requirements.
  • Qualified applications are provided to the State Advisory Councils for review.
  • State Advisory Councils meet to review grants and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
  • All State Giving applications are subject to final review and approval by the Walmart Foundation.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via e-mail or postal mail after funding decisions are made. For communication timelines, please see the 2016 State Giving Program Funding Cycle Schedule.
  • Organizations that receive grants are required to submit two Impact Reports detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved. A midterm report will be sent to grantees via email six months after funding is awarded, and will be due 90 days after it is sent. The final report will be sent to grantees via email one year after funding is awarded, and will be due 90 days after it is sent. Impact reports can also be accessed on or after their available date by visiting Grantees are not eligible to reapply until the Walmart Foundation has received the six-month midterm report.

Visit the State Giving Program Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is another way we extend our mission to help people live better,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Walmart. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, these State Giving grants allow us to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue on their path of service.”

Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Grant submissions are only accepted online at