State Giving Guidelines

Overview of Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations must have a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to apply. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted and if approved, at the time the grant is awarded.
  • The minimum amount that can be requested is $25,000. The maximum is $250,000.  The average grant size is $40,000.
  • Grant applications are not eligible if they: 
    a) include a request for more than 10% of the organization’s overhead or indirect costs
    b) exceed 25% of the organization’s annual operating budget for the most recent fiscal year
    c) plan to use funds that will be managed or used outside the state for which they are applying
    d) include or request multi-year programs or commitments
    e) include a request to fund personnel expenses of more than 50% for any single program-related position
  • Organizations must be requesting support for programs that serve unmet needs of low-income, underserved populations within the state or region for which they are applying. Note: Grants to Washington, D.C. organizations may serve the greater Washington metro area.
  • Organizations may receive only one grant per state per calendar year. Nonprofit organizations, including national organizations applying on behalf of their affiliates serving more than one state, must apply in each state for locally specific work. Generic applications submitted to multiple states will not be considered.

Giving Cycle Eligibility

During cycles 1 & 2, we 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 & 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 & 4 only.

Examples of programs in Community Engagement Giving: education, health care access and other human services programs.  

2015 State Giving Program Funding Cycle Schedule

The State Giving Program includes four application cycles per year. Organizations can apply in certain cycles only, depending on the state where they operate and the focus area of their program. Please review the information below to understand the qualifications for applications in each cycle.

Cycle Timeline States Focused Giving/ Community Engagement
Application Cycle 1 Applications are accepted Jan. 19, 2015 to Jan. 30, 2015. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Notification of funding decision is April 17, 2015. AL, AK, CA, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, LA, MD, MS, MT, NV, NC, OR, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA Focused Giving areas only
Application Cycle 2 Applications are accepted April 20, 2015 to May 1, 2015. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Notification of funding decision is July 10, 2015 AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV, WI, WY Focused Giving areas only
Application Cycle 3 Applications are accepted from July 13, 2015 to July 17, 2015. Deadline to apply is July 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Notification of funding decision is Sept. 11, 2015. AL, AK, CA, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, LA, MD, MS, MT, NV, NC, OR, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA Community Engagement and Focused Giving areas
Application Cycle 4 Applications are accepted from Sept. 14, 2015 to Sept. 18, 2015. Deadline to apply is Sept. 18, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Notification of funding decision is Nov. 13, 2015. AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV, WI, WY Community Engagement and Focused Giving areas

Program Funding Exclusions

  • Advertising, marketing venues, film or video projects
  • 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 or construction costs, defined as property improvements that will enhance the property value or increase the useful life of the property. (Note, infrastructure capacity building such as vehicles and freezers is allowed for organizations in the Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating focus area)
  • Fundraising events (walks, races, tournaments, dinners etc.), including but not limited to participation, sponsorship, and execution
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Individuals (requests made solely for the benefit of one person or family)
  • In-kind donation requests, including requests for gift cards
  • Memberships, including association/chamber memberships
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Projects that send products or people, or provide direct goods or services for relief efforts to a foreign country
  • Programs that directly benefit Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in any way (e.g., driving customer traffic to stores, purchasing only Walmart product or gift cards, supplying candidates for Walmart employment, etc.) 
  • Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university or vocational school attendance)
  • Tickets to recreational events such as athletic events, games, theme parks, etc.
  • Travel or lodging expenses for groups or individuals, where travel is the primary reason and/or majority cost for the proposal      

Organization Exclusions

  • Organizations that deny service, membership or other involvement on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran, disability status, or other legally protected class
  • Organizations that have already received funding through the State Giving Program this fiscal year (Feb. 1 – Jan. 31)
  • Organizations that have not completed the required Impact Reports for any previous State Giving grants received from the Walmart Foundation
  • Organizations whose funds will not be managed and used locally
  • Organizations whose programming or policies may position Walmart, Sam’s Club, or the Walmart Foundation in a negative light
  • Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members 

Selection Process

  • Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the cycle. 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.
  • Once an application is received, it is reviewed by the Walmart Foundation to ensure it meets all funding requirements.
  • Qualified applications are provided to the State Advisory Councils for review.
  • State Advisory Councils meet to review grants and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
  • All State Giving applications are subject to final review and approval by the Walmart Foundation.   
    Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via e-mail or postal mail after funding decisions are made. For communication timelines, please see the 2015 State Giving Program Funding Cycle Schedule.
  • Organizations that receive grants are required to submit two Impact Reports detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved.  A midterm report will be sent to grantees via email six months after funding is awarded, and will be due 90 days after it is sent. The final report will be sent to grantees via email one year after funding is awarded, and will be due 90 days after it is sent. Impact reports can also be accessed on or after their available date by visiting  Grantees are not eligible to reapply until the Walmart Foundation has received the six-month midterm report. 
  • In accordance with past program guidelines, organizations that received funding prior to 2014 are required to submit only one impact report 12 months after their funding date.

Visit the State Giving Program Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. 


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