“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities s people can live better. The Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 depending on the type of program.
The State Giving Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Walmart Foundation has a State Advisory Council in each state, made up of Walmart associates representing local communities. Each Council helps identify local needs within its state, reviews all eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria.”
Excerpted from http://corporate.walmart.com/_foundation_/apply-for-grants/state-giving-program
Community initiatives include the following four themes:
“Inspiring Associates to Give Their Time and Money
Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP): Encourages associates from Walmart, Sam’s Clubs and Logistics facilities opportunities to volunteer for causes in their local community. Through VAP, Walmart makes contributions to eligible organizations where associates volunteer. In FY15, associates volunteered more than 1.5 million hours through this program.
Associate Giving Program (AGP): Gives associates the opportunity to support up to 11 participating organizations through payroll deduction, including the United Way. In FY15, associates raised nearly $12 million, and the Walmart Foundation matched over $8.4 million, totaling more than $24M.
Scholarships: Offers two different scholarships for eligible Walmart associates or their dependents (who are high school seniors) to help them achieve their academic goals:
- Walmart Associate Scholarship – (up to $16,000 paid over 6 years)
- Walmart Dependent Scholarship – (up to $13,000 paid over 4 years)
Disaster Relief and Resiliency: Walmart has a long history of supporting communities around the globe when impacted by disaster. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested more than $1.5 million to: strengthen technological infrastructure for disaster response and resiliency, build capacity to facilitate skills-based volunteerism during disasters and convene leaders in disaster relief to share best practices. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation co-hosted a two-day forum on disaster resiliency to search for opportunities to share best practices to help communities build resiliency.
Serving Local Communities
Facility Giving: Walmart awards grants to local organizations making a difference on key issues in communities where Walmart Stores, clubs and distribution center associates live and work. In FY15, over 46,000 grants equaling more than $47 million were provided to organizations, including law enforcement agencies, fire departments, schools, recreation centers and more.
Teacher Rewards: A $4.5 million program that helps send more than 90,000 teachers back to school with the resources needed to educate the children in their classrooms.
Giving Programs: The Walmart Foundation awards funding through its local, state, national and international giving programs. Information about the programs and how to apply can be found at foundation.walmart.com.”
-Excerpted from https://corporate.walmart.com/community