Local Community Support


We seek to create value in the communities around the world where we operate, strengthening them through local grants supporting programs that help them thrive.

Walmart’s more than 2 million associates are residents, neighbors, friends and family in thousands of communities around the globe. Walmart works to strengthen these communities through both our retail business and community giving.

We support and invest in communities through local giving, encouraging volunteerism, and through programs to strengthen community cohesion.

Our Focus Areas

Our philanthropy is focused on following areas:
Spark Good

Spark Good is a new way of giving back designed to spark collective action - and big impact - in support of communities nationwide. Spark Good answers the call from customers to offer more opportunities to direct their own giving to the causes they care most about, and for nonprofits, it brings a robust suite of giving resources to one convenient location on Walmart.com. Explore all of the Spark Good programs and tools here.

Local Giving Around the World

Walmart gives back in communities in the international markets where we operate. Each international business is encouraged to give back to causes and organizations that are having a positive impact in their area.

Northwest Arkansas Giving

Arkansas has been home to Walmart since 1962, when Sam Walton opened his first store in the town of Rogers. Walmart.org continues to invest in the region that has supported Walmart becoming the global company it is today.

Our regional giving strategy works to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Northwest Arkansas through the following initiatives:

  • Building a Culture of Belonging:  We focus on strengthening organizations and their programming to better serve the diverse needs of our community. For example, we support research, training, and implementation of programming that furthers diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through our local philanthropy, we also seek to increase Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ representation in the public and nonprofit sectors by building a pipeline for inclusive leadership in Northwest Arkansas. We also seek to strengthen relationships between groups in our communities through access to arts and recreation, bridge-building, and allyship. We accept applications aligned with this focus area by invitation and through two open requests for proposals:

    • ARTS & RECREATION: Organizations that provide access to arts and recreation programs may apply through the open request for proposals. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 28, 2022. To learn more about project criteria and ask questions about this funding opportunity, please plan to attend the information session about this request for proposals at 12pm central time Tuesday, March 1st. Register for the info session in advance here.
    • BRIDGE BUILDING & ALLYSHIP: Organizations that engage community members in bridge building opportunities across lines of difference and/or foster allyship may apply through the open request for proposals. Deadline to apply is Monday, October 17, 2022. To learn more about project criteria and ask questions about this funding opportunity, please plan to attend the information session about this request for proposals at 12pm central time Monday, October 3rd. Register for the info session in advance here.
  • Increasing Access to Healthier Food for All: We support programs that work to systematically improve access and availability to healthier food for underserved communities, including improving access to federal nutrition programs and evolving food recovery models. We also support collaboration between local nonprofits to meet the area’s long-term needs. Funding opportunities in this area by invitation or through an open request for proposals. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 6, 2022. To learn more about project criteria and ask questions about this funding opportunity, please plan to attend the information session about this request for proposals at 12 p.m. central time Monday, May 9th. Register for the info session in advance here.
  • Supporting Economic Opportunity: We support regional coordination and planning to strengthen the long-term capacity and capability to address gaps and barriers in the region through targeted investments. Applications in this focus area are by invitation only.
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club event sponsorships in Northwest Arkansas are by invitation only and are reviewed twice a year. Deadlines to apply are Friday, May 6, 2022 and Monday, October 17, 2022.

Eligible nonprofit organizations applying for funding in the above focus areas must operate within Northwest Arkansas or be affiliates/chapters of larger organizations that operate within the region and whose work directly relates to the above initiatives. To learn more, check out our Northwest Arkansas Giving Guidelines.


Grantee Spotlight

Northwest Arkansas Council
In 2020, the Northwest Arkansas Council released Creating Circular Economics in Northwest Arkansas, a study funded by the Walmart Foundation. The study found that Northwest Arkansas communities have invested in recycling infrastructure, but more needs to be done to increase the volume, coordinate material flow and create local markets for recycled material. The report will be a great asset for regional stakeholders interested in working together to improve the local system.

To see other grantees in this portfolio, click here.

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