State Giving Guidelines
- The minimum amount to apply for is $25,000, and grants awarded are generally less than $250,000.
- State Advisory Councils determine the needs within each state, review all eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
- The State Giving Program has two application cycles per year. The first cycle runs January to March, and the second funding cycle begins in June and ends in August.
- The proposed use of the grant must fit within one of the Walmart Foundation's core giving areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. While health and wellness and education are no longer core areas of our National Giving, we recognize that these are important issues in the communities we serve. As such, we will continue to support health and wellness and education through our State & Local Giving programs on a community-by-community basis.
- Only organizations with a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted.
- The State Advisory Councils review all eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
- The Walmart Foundation reviews applications on an ongoing basis. Submitting your application as soon as possible after the cycle opens allows us to review your application and, if possible, follow up with any questions or concerns.
- Organizations that receive grants are required to submit an impact report detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved. Grantee organizations will receive the template for this report electronically 12 months after receiving funding.
- Once the program budget for a specific state has been fully allocated for the year, funding requests for that particular state will no longer be accepted.
- 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)
- Capital improvements, defined as property improvements that will enhance the property value or increase the useful life of the property. (However, capacity building is acceptable for organizations that select Hunger Relief as their program's primary focus area.)
- Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members
- General operating expenses
- Immediate disaster relief efforts
- Construction costs
- Individuals (requests made solely for the benefit of one person or family)
- In-kind donation requests, including requests for gift cards
- Nationally-sponsored organizations: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and Children's Miracle Network
- Organizations whose services do not benefit the community at large
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Program advertising or marketing venues
- Projects that send products or people for relief efforts to a foreign country
- 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.)
- Travel for groups or individuals when that is the primary reason for the proposal