Spark Good Community Grants

Walmart believes that strengthening local communities creates value for business as well as society. That’s why we empower each Walmart store, Sam’s Club and distribution center to strengthen and support local communities through local donations, fundraising and participation in corporate cause-marketing campaigns.

Group of people from local community receiving a grant of $3000 check from Walmart Foundation.

Stores, Clubs and Distribution Center Giving

Each year, our U.S. stores and clubs award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where we operate. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services, and community clean-up projects. In 2021, our stores and clubs provided more than $45 million in local grants.

Guidelines

Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process to eligible organizations and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. The 2022 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2022, and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2022. Don’t know how to determine your local facility? Don’t worry, the application will assist you. To learn if your organization is eligible, to better understand the selection process, and to explore our funding areas, click here.

Before applying for a grant, organizations must review the community grant guidelines.

Click here to review guidelines.
Click here to access the Community Grants How-to Guide.

Local Community Grants FAQs

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

Organizations applying must meet the one of following criteria:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conduct activities within the United States, classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) (Type I or II); and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • 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. and CyberGrants FrontDoor verified.
  • Non-charities, including organizations recognized as 501(c)(4)s, (c)(6)s, and (c)(19)s like homeowner’s associations, civic leagues, or volunteer fire companies, are not eligible at this time.
How do I apply for a Local Community Grant?

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

What Is FrontDoor?

Walmart uses a third party called FrontDoor, powered by CyberGrants to validate and verify that a nonprofit is in good standing, and that each individual associated with the organization is deemed an "authorized user" from that organization. Once an organization is FrontDoor verified, the organization may access other benefits by other companies in the FrontDoor ecosystem.  

Why Does FrontDoor Ask for Banking Information?

CyberGrants FrontDoor asks for banking information purely as a way of confirming that the person who is trying to claim the organization is, in fact, an authorized member of the organization.

While organizations will have the option to choose a disbursement preference after the ownership registration is approved, currently Walmart only offers the “Check” option (physical check to be mailed). In the future, Walmart hopes to switch to ACH payment to expedite funding requests.

Can an organization that is a unit of local government (no taxes filed) apply for a Local Community Grant?

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 through the Local Community Grant program?

Yes. Organizations are eligible for consideration through multiple giving programs at the same time, as long as the organization meets the criteria for each individual program.

Can I apply for Local 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.

Through the Local Community Grant program, can I receive funding from a 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. 1, 2022 and ends Jan. 31, 2023. Please note that the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2022.

Why are scholarships excluded from the Local Community Grant program?

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide 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.

Can an organization request a product donation or gift card instead of a grant through the Local 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.

Where do I go for assistance if I’m receiving a technical error when trying to apply for a Local Community Grant?

Please email wmsupport@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 Local Community Grant?

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

Who do I contact if I was awarded a Local Community Grant but still have not received the check?

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

Who do I contact if I was awarded a Local Community Grant and would like to schedule a grant award recognition event?

Organizations should contact the 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 Local Community 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.