State Giving Program

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

The Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria.  


Applications are accepted during designated periods, or cycles, only. All states have two application cycles annually. Each state is assigned to either application cycles 1 and 3 or application cycles 2 and 4. Organizations may only apply for funding in the designated cycles assigned to their state (see below.) To determine which state you should apply for funding through, choose the state where the programs or services will be implemented, regardless of where your organization is based. For example, if your organization is based in Alabama but you are requesting funding for programs or services that will be delivered in Mississippi; you would apply to the Mississippi State Giving Program.    

Application cycles are selective and based on alignment with preferred funding areas. 

During cycles 1 and 2, the Walmart Foundation will only accept applications from organizations requesting funding for programs within the scope of Focused Giving* areas. If your program falls outside the Focused Giving areas and in an area described below as Community Engagement Giving**, you may apply in either cycle 3 or 4. However, application cycles 3 and 4 will also accept applications from the Focused Giving areas. 

*Focused Giving - Organizations seeking funding for programs focused on Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating or Career Opportunity can apply in either one of their state’s annual cycles.
Examples of programs in Focused Giving areas: efforts that aim to enroll people in SNAP, healthy eating/ cooking skills training, nutrition education programs and career skills or job training efforts that lead to placement.  

**Community Engagement Giving - Organizations seeking funding for programs outside of those listed in Focused Giving, and whose programs focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations, can apply in cycles 3 and 4 only.
Examples of programs in Community Engagement Giving: education, health care access and other human services programs.  

Examples to help you know when to apply:

  • An organization in Alabama requesting funding for programs focused on Hunger Relief can apply in either of their giving cycles -- 1 or 3. However, an organization in Alabama requesting funding for programs in Education can apply in cycle 3 only.
  • An organization in Arizona requesting funding for a program focused on Career Opportunity can apply in either of their funding cycles -- 2 or 4. However, an organization in Arizona requesting funding for a program focused on Health Care can apply in cycle 4 only.

Please note:
Applications must be entirely complete and submitted online to be considered. Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding. The Walmart Foundation reserves the right to adjust guidelines, submission deadlines and notification dates without prior notice.

The State Giving Program application is currently closed.  The application will reopen early 2016.


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