State Giving FAQs
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.
If my organization has received funding through another Walmart Foundation program, can I still apply for funding?
Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple Walmart Foundation programs at the same time.
Can I submit funding applications to multiple states?
Yes, provided that the program is specific to the state(s) in which you apply.
Is Washington, D.C. eligible for State Giving grants?
Yes. Grants awarded in the District of Columbia can be directed to organizations that serve the Greater District of Columbia metro area. This includes regions within the metro area that are physically located in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
Can I receive more than one State Giving grant within a fiscal year?
Yes. An organization may receive multiple State Giving grants during the same fiscal year (February 1 – January 31), provided they are for different states.
If I submit an application and do not receive a grant, will my application automatically be resubmitted for review during the next funding cycle?
No. Applications are only considered during the review cycle in which they are submitted. You can resubmit the following funding cycle.
Why are scholarships excluded from this program?
The Walmart Foundation provides opportunities for students by supporting nonprofits that provide scholarships, such as United Negro College Fund, Asian Pacific Islander College Fund and many others. The Walmart Foundation also offers scholarships to qualified Walmart associates and their dependents.
Why are Children’s Miracle Network, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association excluded from this funding program?
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are strong partners of these organizations and support their programs through large, national initiatives and/or fundraising campaigns.
Why are immediate disaster relief efforts not considered through the State Giving Program?
Why are funding requests that are directed to relief efforts in foreign countries excluded from consideration?
The purpose of the State Giving Program is to support unmet needs within each state. The Walmart Foundation supports international relief efforts through other programs.
Does the State Giving Program fund any capital improvements?
Generally, no. However, capacity building is acceptable for organizations that select Hunger Relief as their program’s primary focus area. The organization must complete the budget template section of the application. The worksheet on each tab (Organization Budget, Program Budget and Hunger) must be completed in the budget template for the request to be reviewed.
Can an organization request a product donation or gift cards instead of a grant through the State 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 restrictions on the percentage of salary/staff compensation requested in a State Giving grant?
Yes. Grant funds cannot be allocated to pay for more than 50% of any program-related position and cannot exceed 50% of the total amount you are requesting in your application. Compensation should be based on the amount of time an individual will spend administering the program.
Does the Walmart Foundation require that grant funding be used in the state where a grant was awarded?
Yes. If a grant is awarded to an organization for work within a particular state, funds must be fully allocated within that state. The only exception is for grants awarded to organizations located in the District of Columbia. Organizations that serve the Greater D.C. metro area -- which includes the regions of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware -- are eligible to submit a funding application that covers the Greater D.C. metro area.
Why are multi-year grants not awarded through the State Giving Program?
In order to evaluate the success of programs funded through the State Giving Program, the Foundation requires grant applicants to submit impact reports for each grant received during the prior fiscal year. New funding applications must be submitted each year.
How and when will I know if I have been selected to receive a grant from the State Giving Program?
All applicants will be notified via e-mail or regular mail of the status of their request. Organizations in Northwest Arkansas will be notified within four to six weeks of their submission date. All other states (including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) will be notified within six months of their application date.
Who makes funding decisions for grants awarded through the State Giving Program?
Every state has its own State Giving Advisory Council. Each advisory council is made up of Walmart associates from that state. Advisory council members review funding requests and make recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. The Walmart Foundation reviews recommendations before issuing final funding decisions.
Who serves on the State Advisory Councils?
The advisory councils are made up of associates, who represent a variety of different internal business units. These associates are not members of the Walmart Foundation staff, but work closely with the Walmart Foundation to ensure that all funding recommendations meet the program’s guidelines.
Where can I find the names and contact information for the State Advisory Council members?
We do not provide advisory council contact information. If there are questions about your application, a council member or Walmart Foundation staff member will e-mail the contact listed in your application.
Should I mail additional materials to the Walmart Foundation to supplement my funding request?
No. A Walmart Foundation representative will contact your organization via e-mail if additional information is needed. Only materials included in the electronic application will be considered.
How will I know if a particular state’s budget has been spent?
In the electronic application, you will be asked to select a state. Only states with funding available will appear on the application menu.
Does the Walmart Foundation respond to inquiries regarding an organization’s eligibility status or funding decisions involving the State Giving Program?
No. Due to the volume of State Giving Program funding requests, the Walmart Foundation does not respond to inquiries regarding eligibility or funding decisions.
If I receive a grant, am I 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 12 months after the award date. Grantees are not eligible to reapply until the impact report has been received by the Walmart Foundation.