Walmart Foundation looking for Illinois nonprofits to benefit from its State Giving Program.

Nonprofits encouraged to apply for 2013 grants starting at $25,000 by March 1 deadline

February 19, 2013 — The Walmart Foundation is currently accepting applications from Illinois nonprofit organizations for its annual State Giving Program. Prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application, available at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.

It is Walmart’s passion to give back and help people live better in Illinois and across the globe. Last year, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $39.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in Illinois. Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program awards grants twice a year to underserved populations needing assistance in every state. State Giving grants begin at $25,000.

“At Walmart, our mission is to create opportunities so people can live better,” said Karisa Sprague, Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates achieve and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, these State Giving grants allow us to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue in their path of service.”

The proposed use of the grant must fit within one of the Walmart Foundation’s core giving areas: Hunger Relief & Nutrition, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. While education and health & wellness are no longer core areas of national giving, we recognize that they are extremely important issues in the communities we serve. As such, we will continue to support education and health & wellness through our State & Local Giving programs.

As a 2012 State Giving Program grant recipient, Feeding Illinois was able to more efficiently transport food to the thousands of hungry people who rely on the food bank to meet their nutritional needs.

“We are so grateful to Walmart for its commitment to the issue of hunger,” said Tracy Smith, State Director of Feeding Illinois. “Food banks have seen record demand at member pantries, soup kitchens and shelters during the past year. Because of Walmart, we will put nutritious food on the table for thousands of hungry Illinoisans.”

Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Grant submissions are only accepted online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.


About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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