Grant Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Is my organization or event eligible for funding?

To find out which grants your organization or event may qualify for and start your application, click here.

How do I apply for a grant?

Read more about our grants here and apply here.

Can an organization request a product donation or gift card(s) instead of a grant?

No. Only financial grants are available through our programs. Requests for in-kind donations (products and gift cards) should be made at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club facility.

If my organization has already received a grant from another giving program, can I still apply for funding?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time if the organization meets each individual program’s criteria.

My organization has received a grant. Where do I find the Walmart.org logo and recognition guidelines?

These are available in Cybergrants on your organization’s profile page under Grantee Resources. Any announcement, logo usage, or press release language requires prior approval so please reach out to your program officer or the store manager to discuss plans for grant recognition and publicity.

What areas or type of programs are not eligible?

We do not make grants directly to individuals. Other areas that we do not fund include:

  • Association/chamber memberships
  • Athletic sponsorships (teams/events)
  • Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
My organization has a pending 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or just recently received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and I am receiving a system error. Can I still request funding?

No. Only organizations that are currently listed in the Internal Revenue Service's current50 State Master Fileare eligible. If you believe that a system error is preventing you from submitting an application, please contact the IRS at 1-877-829-5500 and request to be added to Publication 78, also known as the 50 State Master File.

My organization is a private foundation or private operating foundation. Can I request funding?

No. Only organizations recognized as public charities (other than Type III supporting organizations) are eligible for funding.

I applied for a grant and haven’t heard back. How do I find out if my application was approved?

You’ll receive an e-mail notification as soon as funding decisions have been made. Log into your Cybergrants profile page to see an overview of the applications submitted to date.

I was awarded a grant, however I still have not received the check. Who do I contact about this?

Grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization at the address listed in the organization’s application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery. If the grant was approved more than four weeks ago and the organization has yet to receive the check, please reach out to the facility or grant manager that approved the grant to submit a void/reissue request.

Organizations should contact their grant manager or local facility from which funds were awarded to schedule a recognition event.

Is there a difference between the Walmart Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation?

Yes. Sam and Helen Walton established the Walton Family Foundation in 1987, which operates independently of Walmart and the philanthropic efforts funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Community Grants FAQs

What organizations are eligible to apply for the Community Grant program?

Organizations applying must meet the one of following criteria:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conduct activities within the United States;
    • Excluding nationally sponsored organizations: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and United Way
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
How do I apply for a Local Community Giving grant?

Requirements vary, so it’s important to review eligibility requirements and program guidelines before starting your application. Apply for a Community grant here.

Can a 501(c)3 that is a unit of local government (no taxes filed) apply?

A unit of local government, such as a police department or fire department, can apply for a Community Grant. Please see guidelines on eligible funding through the program.

If my organization has received funding through another program, can I still apply for funding?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time if the organization meets each individual program’s criteria.

Can I apply for Community Grants from multiple Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and Logistics facilities?

Yes. You can submit applications to multiple facilities. However, your proposed programs must directly benefit the service area of each facility to which you are applying, and organizations are limited to 25 applications.

Can I receive funding from one facility more than once per fiscal year?

No. Once you have received funding from a facility for this program, you are not eligible to reapply at that facility until the next fiscal year. This year’s grant cycle begins Feb. 15, 2019 and ends Jan. 31, 2020. Please note that the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.

Why are scholarships excluded from this program?

Walmart.org provides opportunities for students by supporting nonprofits that provide scholarships, such as United Negro College Fund, Asian Pacific Islander College Fund, American Indian College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship fund. The Walmart Foundation also offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified Walmart associates and their dependents.

Why are Children’s Miracle Network, United Way, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association excluded from this funding program?

We look to support these national organizations through other programs, including support for associate giving and volunteerism.

Can an organization request a product donation or gift card instead of a grant through the Community Grant Program?

No, only financial grants are available through this program. Requests for in-kind donations (product and gift cards) should be made at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club facility.

I am receiving a technical error when trying to apply for a grant, how do I go about getting assistance?

Please email cgsupport@cybergrants.com or click on the need support button at the bottom of the application page for assistance with technical issues.

How will I know if I have been selected to receive a grant from this program?

You will receive an e-mail notification once funding decisions have been made sent to the email address affiliated with the application in Cybergrants. Each facility manager may set the frequency and process in which application determinations are made.

We were awarded a grant, however we still have not received the check. Who do I contact about this?

Grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization at the address listed in the organization’s application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery. If the grant was approved more than four weeks ago and the organization has yet to receive the check, please reach out to the facility manager that approved the grant to submit a void/reissue request.

Organizations should contact their local facility from which funds were awarded to schedule a recognition event.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the status of a grant?

Please allow up to 60 days for your application to be reviewed. If it has been more than 60 days, please contact your local facility manager or co-manager.

Northwest Arkansas Giving FAQs

Who is eligible for the Northwest Arkansas Giving program?

Organizations that operate in Benton or Washington Counties of Northwest Arkansas are eligible to apply for a grant.

How do I apply for a Northwest Arkansas Giving grant?

Requirements vary, so it’s important to review eligibility requirements and program guidelines before starting your application. Apply for a Community grant here.

Can I apply if my organization is not headquartered in Northwest Arkansas?

Yes. However, your proposed programs must directly benefit Washington and Benton Counties.

What are the focus areas for Northwest Arkansas Giving?

Investments in Northwest Arkansas are focused around growing long-term capacity and capabilities of the region. Learn more about the current focus areas.

When are the deadlines for Northwest Arkansas Giving?

Deadlines are posted on the website annually. View this year’s deadlines.

If my organization has received funding through another program, can I still apply for funding?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time if the organization meets each individual program’s criteria.

Can an organization request a product donation or gift card instead of a grant through the Northwest Arkansas Grant Program?

No. Only financial grants are available through the Northwest Arkansas Giving Program. Requests for in-kind donations (product and gift cards) should be made at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club facility.

How will I know if I have been selected to receive a grant from this program?

You will receive an e-mail notification to the email address associated with the application in Cybergrants once funding decisions have been made.

If selected for funding, how do I receive my grant check?

If approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization at the address listed in the grant application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the status of a grant?

Please allow up to 30 days for your application to be reviewed. If it has been more than 30 days, please contact wmfoundation@wal-mart.com.

Letter of Inquiry FAQs

How do I submit a Letter of Inquiry?

The majority of our funding is proactive and made to U.S. tax-exempt organizations or equivalent organizations operating internationally that are independently identified by our staff. Program-related Letter of Inquiries (LOI) are only accepted for the following focus areas:

When will I be notified about the status of my LOI?

Following review of your LOI, if we are interested in pursuing a full request, we will reach out directly to invite a full proposal requesting additional information.

What are the deadlines to apply for LOI?

There are no deadlines. LOIs are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Following review of your LOI, if your program aligns with our funding priorities a full proposal requesting additional information will be invited.

My organization has received a grant through another giving program. Am I eligible to submit a LOI?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time. However, program-related Letter of Inquiries (LOI) are only accepted for the following focus areas:

If the focus area of the proposed program falls outside of these program-related LOI focus areas, will my application be considered?

No. Organizations and proposed programs must fall within the stated focus areas on our website.

If I receive a grant, am I required to submit a report detailing how the grant was used?

Yes. All grant recipients are required to submit an impact report detailing how the grant was used and what outcomes were achieved. The impact report is accessible in Cybergrants. Grantees are not eligible to reapply until the impact report has been received.

Global Giving FAQs

My organization is located outside the U.S. how do I apply for a community grant?

Walmart gives back to communities in the international markets where we operate through locally managed giving programs. To apply, please find your country on this list to find the Walmart website for your country.

What is FCPA?

FCPA is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If the proposed grant includes any activities to be conducted outside the United States, the grantee must indicate that fact on the grant proposal.

When applying, organizations should carefully assess if any activities, including travel or subcontractor work, will be conducted outside the US. If so, please indicate “yes” on any questions relating to international activities or international distribution of funds when submitting the grant proposal.

Am I required to sign a certification that my organization is in compliance with FCPA?

Yes, annually all grantees conducting activities outside the U.S. need to sign an annual certification that they are still in compliance with certain representations in the grant agreement related to compliance with FCPA.

What is Expenditure Responsibility (ER) and what responsibilities does it mean for my organization?

If an international organization is not a US 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, the team must demonstrate that the non-U.S. grantee is the “equivalent” of a U.S. public charity (“equivalency determination”) or exercise “expenditure responsibility” (ER).

ER requires a pre-grant inquiry to demonstrate that organization is capable of fulfilling the charitable purposes of the grant. For example, the team will investigate whether the organization received and managed funds from a US 501(c)(3) organization in the past.

Additional and more frequent reporting along with additional financial management controls may be required of ER grantees. The Walmart Foundation is required to report information on each of its ER grants to the IRS on the Foundation’s tax return, including the grant amount, date, amount expended, date of last grantee report, etc.

Can Expenditure Responsibility (ER) be used domestically, or just internationally?

The ER process may be used when the Walmart Foundation reviews a proposed grant to any non-501(c)(3) organization. Typically, the Foundation uses ER for international organizations invited to submit proposals.