Walmart Foundation to fund local programs focusing on hunger relief, healthy eating and career opportunity
The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle on Monday, welcoming Maryland nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is January 29, 2016.
Last year, through its State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to Maryland organizations.
“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is another way we extend our mission to help people live better,” Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Erik Hingst said. “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 State Giving grants allow us to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue on their path of service.”
In 2015, for example, the Walmart Foundation awarded Maryland’s REAL School Gardens a $60,000 grant through its State Giving Program. The grant went toward supporting the nonprofit’s mission of uniting teachers, parents, businesses and students to design a learning garden tailored to each school’s unique needs.
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 at http://corporate.walmart.com/foundation/apply-for-grants/state-giving-program.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.