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: Although this funder tends to support local chapters of large organizations, it also accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and awards a large number of grants each year—which means the funding door is pretty open, here.

PROFILE:  The Walmart Foundation has three main grantmaking programs: Opportunity, Sustainability, and Community. The majority of disease giving comes out of the Community program, which awards grants to benefit the overall health and well-being of the communities in which Walmart has an operational and employee presence—in other words, just about everywhere in the U.S.

Walmart’s grantmaking is split into three categories: National, State, and Community.

National grants start at $250,000 and go up from there. Eligible organizations can operate locally or regionally but should have plans to replicate their programs nationally. State grants range from $25,000 to $200,000 and eligible organizations must operate on the regional or state level. Community grants are the smallest of the bunch, ranging from $250 to $2,500.

Unsurprisingly, Walmart gives pretty widely to local chapters of national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.

The Walmart Foundation offers specific guidelines for each program; all accept unsolicited letters of inquiry.

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