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Walmart Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Corporate Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Walmart Foundation


    The Walmart Foundation provides funding to meet the needs of the under-served by funding the following core areas: 

    • Opportunity - supports initiatives that create opportunities for the general population, especially women, veterans and small business owners.
    • Sustainability  support initiatives that are essential to doing business responsibly and successfully; and 
    • Community inspiring associates to give their time and money; supporting associates, mitigating disaster, and serving local communities

    Walmart offers the following grant programs:

    • National Giving Grant Program - allows the Foundation to work strategically with organizations working across one or more states to address social issues strongly aligned with the Foundations focus areas.
    • Community Grant Program - supports local organizations with programs that align with Walmart and the Foundations areas of giving. However, programs that do not align with these areas may also be given consideration. These include programs that are geared toward strengthening the local communities, for example: local organizations providing health and dental screenings, support for local police and fire departments and local school-based initiatives.
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program - The Foundation has established the following strategic focus areas for Northwest Arkansas: Community Cohesion; Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating Services; Access to Health Care; and Quality of Life.
    • Legal Department Strategic Partners Sponsorship Program - Walmart Legal seeks to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through pipeline programs and attorney development programs that target populations underserved by the legal profession.
    • Grants for Canadian Organizations Focused on Reducing Food Waste - This funding seeks to support promising programs that have the potential to significantly reduce food waste and loss with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food, and minimizing food waste that ends up in landfills. Applications will be considered in three areas:
      • Prevention: Stopping waste from occurring in the first place: Advance the adoption of measurement tools and/or develop innovative prevention solutions
      • Recovery: Redistributing food to people: Test innovative approaches or scale proven models that advance the food recovery and distribution of perishable food
      • Recycling: Repurposing waste as energy, agriculture and other products: Accelerate innovations and programs that improve organic recycling

    History of Funding

    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions for 2017. Through the Sams Club Giving program, The foundation has donated 64 million meals, and helped recycle over 496,000 tons of material that include cardboard, plastic, aluminum and food waste.

    Additional Information

    For additional information on any of Walmart Foundation's grant programs, please review the individual program guidance for your program of interest.

    At the local level, Sam's Club facilities are encouraged to support nonprofits or other causes important to their community, provided they fall within one of the Walmart Foundation's focus areas: Opportunity, Sustainability and Community. Other local areas of focus may include Education and Youth Success.


    Walmart Foundation Staff

    Walmart Foundation Staff
    Walmart Headquarters 702 S.W. 8th St
    Bentonville, AR 72716
    (800) 530-9925

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligibility varies based on program area: 

    • National Giving Grant Program - Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that operate on a national scale through chapters/affiliates in many states around the country or through programs that operate regionally/locally and are seeking funding to replicate successful program activities.
    • Community Grant Program - Eligible applicants are: nonprofit organizations; recognized government entities, (state, county, or city agencies), including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; K-12 public or private schools, charter schools, community/junior colleges, state/private colleges or universities; or churches or other faith-based organizations with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program - Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that serve Benton and Washington counties of Arkansas.
    • Legal Department Strategic Partners Sponsorship Program - Eligible applicants are organizations that focus on programs and objectives that will result in meaningful impact toward diversifying the legal profession and supporting inclusion in the practice of law.
    • Grants for Canadian Organizations Focused on Reducing Food Waste - Eligible applicants include 501 (c) (3) organizations and public universities, under U.S. or Canadian law, with a focus on addressing one of three initiatives: Addressing food loss and waste from farm to consumer; Building capacity in the charitable food system; or Optimizing and/or developing organic recycling solutions.

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines vary based on program area: 

    • National Giving Grant Program - Letters of Inquiry are required for the National Giving Program and are accepted on an ongoing basis. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
    • Community Grant Program - The 2019 grant cycle begins February 15, 2019 and the application deadline to apply is December 31, 2019.
    • Northwest Arkansas Giving Program - Deadlines vary by program. Please see the program guidance for detailed deadline information.
    • Legal Department Strategic Partners Sponsorship Program - The application period for 2020 sponsorships will begin in August, 2019. To begin the application process, please contact the Foundation at to request an invitation code.
    • Grants for Canadian Organizations Focused on Reducing Food Waste - Applications were to be submitted by October 19, 2018.

    Similar deadlines, for all programs, are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Awards vary based on program area:

    • Awards under the National Giving Program are $250,000 and more.
    • Awards under the Community Grant Program range between $250 and $5,000.
    • Awards under the Northwest Arkansas Giving program are $10,000 and more.
    • Award amounts vary for Legal Department Strategic Partners Sponsorship grants.
    • Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered. 

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