OVERVIEW: The Walmart Foundation focuses its public health related giving on food security, hunger relief, and healthy eating.
IP TAKE: The Walmart Foundation admits that its grantmaking is a “highly competitive” process. Grantseekers should make certain that their letters of inquiry are on point and play well into the foundation’s funding priorities.
PROFILE: The Walmart Foundation has three main grantmaking programs: Opportunity, Sustainability, and Community. However, these focus areas primarily govern its State and Community Giving programs, and in the past the foundation has supported other organizations that promote public health, such as the American Heart Association, through its National Giving program. Furthermore, the foundation says explicitly that it will consider proposals that fall outside of its focus areas in the State and Community programs, especially if they address the "unmet needs of underserved low-income populations." The State Giving page specifically mentions access to healthcare as an example of this.
The foundation's grantmaking programs are based on scale, and are divided into National, State and Community Giving:
- National Giving - Grants of $250,000 and above to organizations working across several states at least. Applications begin with a Letter of Inquiry, and full applications may only be submitted upon invitation.
- State Giving - Grants of $25,000 to $200,000 (average of $40,000) to organizations working within individual states. These grants are due July through September depending on the state (i.e. in the foundations Cycle 3 or 4).
- Community Giving - Grants of $250 to $2,500 to organizations working in communities served by a Walmart store. Applications are due at the end of the calendar year.
The foundation also operates an International Giving program, which does not accept unsolicited applications.
- Kathleen McLaughlin, President