Walmart Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Walmart Foundation gives fairly widely to disease-related organizations across the country. The foundation does not limit its grantmaking to specific diseases.

IP TAKE: The Walmart Foundation admits that its grantmaking is a “highly competitive” process. Grantseekers should make certain that their letters of inquiry align well into the foundation’s funding priorities.

PROFILE:  The Walmart Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Walmart Corporation. It works both nationally and locally to “make a positive impact in the communities we serve” by providing grants to “thousands of organizations that share our mission” and “inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates.” The Walmart Foundation operates at the local, national, and international level with program areas in Opportunity, Sustainability, and Community.

Walmart’s National Giving Program gives broadly to a range disease-related national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. The foundation’s Community grant program may fund disease-related initiatives as part of its Health and Human Services focus area, which supports services such as “medical screening, treatment, social services, or shelters for low income individuals and families.”

Walmart’s Community Grant Program awards modest grants of $250 to $5,000, while its National Giving Program awards grants of $250,000 and up.

For community grants, Walmart accepts applications online throughout the year, except in January, when it makes its decisions. For national grants, grantseekers must submit a Letter of Inquiry in order to be invited to submit a full proposal.

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