National Giving Guidelines

The National Giving Program awards grants starting at $250,000 to nonprofit organizations working to address social issues across the U.S.

Submit program ideas using the letter of inquiry (LOI) format only. Unsolicited proposals or promotional materials are not accepted.

Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.

Eligibility Checklist

  • Organizations should be operating on a national scale at multiple sites across the U.S. or have innovative initiatives that are ready for replication.
  • Work must fit within Walmart’s focus areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. 
  • 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.
  • Prospective grantees must be able to demonstrate that the program or project has previously achieved its proposed outcomes or provide research that validates work of the proposed grant.

Award Conditions

  • Organizations that have already received a National Giving grant, but have not completed an impact report, may not apply or receive a new grant.
  • Overhead/indirect costs (i.e., non-program-related expenses) may not exceed 10% of the total program budget.
  • Walmart and the Walmart Foundation do not currently award multi-year commitments. Organizations may, however, propose initiatives with timeframes that extend up to two years. No-cost extensions may be requested for up to an additional 12 months, if necessary.

Selection Process

  • Following review of your letter of inquiry (LOI), a grant administrator will contact your organization via e-mail to confirm the status.
  • If Walmart or the Walmart Foundation is interested in pursuing your request, a full proposal requesting additional information will be invited.
  • Funding decisions are made on an ongoing basis; there are no deadlines.
  • Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to provide an exact timeframe during which we will complete your LOI review.
  • LOIs must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an LOI does not guarantee funding.
  • Walmart and the Walmart Foundation reserve the right to adjust guidelines, submission deadlines and notification dates without prior notice.
  • We do our best to review and process materials received in a timely manner, ideally within six to eight weeks.

Funding Exclusions

  • 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)
  • Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members
  • General operating expenses
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Research projects
  • Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university, or vocational school attendance)
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events (galas, walks, races, tournaments, etc.)

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