TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 22, 2016 – The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle this week welcoming Florida nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief & healthy eating, career opportunity and disaster preparedness to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is 11:59 p.m. CST on Jan. 29.
In 2014 (the most recent year for which data are available), community giving in Florida from Walmart stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $82 million.
“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is another way we extend our mission to help people live better,” said Corbin Norman, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform 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 on their path of service.”
For example, as a 2015 State Giving Program grant recipient, Religious Community Services in Pinellas County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help upgrade its food bank operations with two newer refrigerated trucks – building capacity to distribute nutritious foods throughout Pinellas County.
“RCS is really grateful to the Walmart Foundation for this award to safely and efficiently provide healthy foods to people who are hungry in Pinellas County,” said Caitlin Higgins Joy, RCS President and CEO. “These trucks make a big difference in our community, especially since 50 percent of the people served at the RCS Food Bank are children.”
Launched in 2008, Walmart associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help 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 http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.
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