Center for Racial Equity Grants

Center For Racial Equity | Finance | Health | Education | Criminal Justice

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged to contribute $100 million over five years through a Center for Racial Equity to help address racial disparities in the U.S. in June 2020.

The center’s initiatives will fund research, advocacy, innovation of practices and tools, stakeholder convening and non-profit capacity building with a focus on finance, health, education, criminal justice and racial solidarity. Read below for more details and information about our grant recipients.



Echoing Green (EG) Echoing Green is an organization that develops diverse future global leaders in social innovation; invests in seed funding and providing support to their emerging social enterprises; and builds leadership capacity through a renowned, competitive fellowship program. The Walmart Foundation’s investment in support of Echoing Green’s Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund will help support social entrepreneurs in communities across the U.S. to grow the organizations they lead and to advance their work to address issues related to racial equity.



American Heart Association (AHA), Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund - AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is an initiative to improve health equity by supporting community-driven entrepreneurial solutions addressing social determinants of health. The first round of funding from the Walmart Foundation went to 12 minority and/or women-led community-based organizations and entrepreneurs in Atlanta and Chicago who are working to increase access to affordable and healthy food in communities of color.

U.S. Vaccine Adoption Grants - The Walmart Foundation has provided grants to the following organizations that are working on interventions in and with diverse communities around the United States to increase education, outreach and awareness of COVID-19 vaccines:



Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) - SFI’s mission is to provide alternative financing for historically Black college and university (HBCU) juniors and seniors majoring in STEM to help reduce their student loans/debt. The Walmart Foundation’s investment will support the operating costs associated with the planning and launch of SFI with an initial cohort in the fall 2021 academic year.

Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) – A grant from Walmart enables Harlem Children’s Zone to operationalize The Take on Race Coalition’s 1 Million Connected Devices Initiative. The investment provides 1,250 low-income students with remote learning equipment and internet access and resources to HCZ for policy work that will support sustainable solutions to the digital divide.

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) - The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help support two impactful programs of The King Center, including Nonviolent 365 ® Education & Training, a program designed to help participants understand and apply their lives to Dr. King’s six steps and principles of nonviolence, as well as the Camp NOW Leadership Academy, a multi-year program that helps low-income youths ages 13-19 experience and prepare for academic and career success.


Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Reform Prevention Research Network – A Walmart Foundation grant is helping the University of Southern California Race & Equity Center launch a prevention-focused criminal justice reform national research network with a racial equity lens. This network will convene racial equity scholars and create a research agenda for prevention efforts. To expand this network, Walmart provided a grant to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law to enable the collection of reliable criminal justice data in Arkansas. This marks the first place-based investment aimed at strengthening the research network.

The National Offices of Violence Prevention Network – A grant from the Walmart Foundation will help the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) build capacity across 30 cities in its National Offices of Violence Prevention (OVP) Network, a national network of local government agencies focused on violence prevention and reduction. NICJR is using a data-driven approach to build capacity for civic leaders and mayors to prevent incarceration, particularly among at-risk youth, using evidence-based programming.

The Prison Fellowship Opportunity Youth Network – Children of incarcerated parents are roughly three times more likely to become incarcerated, and one in nine Black children have at least one parent that is incarcerated. Prison Fellowship received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to build a national network of community-based organizations focused on creating positive experiences and preventing negative interactions with the criminal justice system for children with incarcerated parents. The network will expand Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program to 30 cities.

The People's Commissions on Criminal Justice Reform – UNITE's ACT NOW initiative, dedicated to the re-imagination of policing and criminal justice for the 21st Century, received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to develop a network of "People's Commissions" in 14 cities. The People's Commissions will facilitate information-sharing and research focused on preventing negative interactions with the criminal justice system and reducing racial bias in policing. ACT NOW will release a national report to share recommendations for transforming how criminal justice systems engage with communities.

Cross Cutting

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) - LISC is a nonprofit with strong community partnerships that connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places and people. Since 1980, LISC’s Chicago office has focused on equitable development, ensuring every Chicago neighborhood and its residents have the opportunity to benefit from economic transformation by building community wealth. Walmart's investment will support LISC’s Chicago Project 10X work, a strategy to greatly advance racial equity across health, wealth and opportunity.

Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) - ABFE is a national membership organization that promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. The Walmart Foundation’s investment will strengthen ABFE’s capacity to coordinate people, information, investments and practices that advance racial equity.

PolicyLink - PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity. Walmart’s grant helps support the launch of the Racial Equity through Corporate Actions Initiative, which will drive the creation and adoption of corporate standards on racial equity that will be freely available to companies.

Racial Solidarity

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) – TAAF is serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in their pursuit of belonging and prosperity that is free from discrimination, slander and violence. With increasing instances of violence against the AAPI community TAAF serves a critical role as a convener and funder to accelerate opportunity and fight anti-AAPI discrimination and hate. Given this critical mission, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have pledged support.