INDIANA — The Walmart Foundation will begin accepting grant applications to its State Giving Program on Aug. 29. The Walmart Foundation will award grants between $25,000 and $200,000 to Indiana organizations that address areas of need among underserved populations. Hoosier nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to support programs that are focused on hunger relief and healthy eating, career opportunity, disaster preparedness and community engagement. The deadline to submit grant requests isat 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2
- Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating examples include food pantries, backpack programs, nutrition education programming, and cooking and food skills training.
- Career Opportunity examples include job training programs and placement programs. Special interest is given to programs focused on women and veteran programs.
- Disaster Preparedness examples include preparedness equipment and disaster preparedness awareness programs.
- Community Engagement examples include education programs, healthcare access, shelters, and other human service programs.
In 2015, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and the Walmart Foundation awarded $33.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to Hoosier charities, including 18.3 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 15 million meals. Earlier this year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $595,000 to 13 Indiana non-profit organizations to support programs that address hunger and food insecurity in communities throughout the state.
“At Walmart, our mission is to create opportunities so people can live better,” said Marlene Hunter-Lammie, regional general manager. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, these grants allow us to help local nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue on their path of service.”
Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Grant submissions are only accepted online.