Local Giving Guidelines
- The minimum amount to apply for is $250; grants awarded are generally less than $2,500.
- Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding.
- The deadline to apply for 2013 funding is December 1, 2013.
- Funds must benefit the facility’s service area: potential grantees should be nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam’s Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds.
- Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within these areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. Specifically, our stores, clubs and logistics facilities should focus on local organizations with programs working in Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, as well as other programs that align with the Foundation’s areas of giving. However, programs that do not align with these areas may be given consideration. If you are applying for funding through a Sam’s Club location, additional focus areas are considered. Learn more about the Sam’s Club Giving Program.
- Organizations must be described as one of the following:
- An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
- A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
- A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
- Facility management will review and make initial funding decisions on all submitted requests.
- Applications are typically reviewed within 90 days of the submission date, and organizations are notified of decisions via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.
- If an organization is approved, grant checks will be sent directly to the recipient organization.
- In the event of being awarded a grant, organizations should contact their local facility from which funds were awarded to schedule a formal recognition event.
- Advertising, film or video projects
- 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)
- Contests or pageants
- Individuals (requests made solely for the benefit of one person or family)
- Nationally-sponsored organizations: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children's Miracle Network and United Way
- Organizations or programs that do not benefit the communities within the facility’s service area
- Organizations that deny service to a potential client or beneficiary on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran or disability status
- Organizations whose services do not benefit the community at large
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Projects that send products or people for relief efforts to a foreign country
- Registration fees
- Salaries, stipends, tips and rewards
- Construction costs
- Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university, or vocational school attendance)
- Sponsorship of fundraising events (walks, races, tournaments, etc.)
- Third-party giving
- Tickets for contests, raffles or any other activities with prizes
- Organizations who apply to a large number of facilities outside of the primary area