Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CHARITY: Walmart Foundation seeking Michigan Nonprofits to Apply for Grants - DEADLINE 4/26

Walmart Foundation accepting applications from Michigan organizations through April 26...

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Council Program opened the application period for its second funding cycle on, April 13. Michigan nonprofit organizations can now apply for funding to support programs within the scope of the “Focused Giving” areas that include hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity.

The deadline to submit grant requests is April 26. Grant requests for programs that would fall under “Community Engagement Giving,” i.e. education, health care access and other human services programs will be accepted during the fourth cycle in September.

Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program will award grants to Michigan organizations during its second and fourth cycles to support organizations that address areas of need among underserved populations. In 2013, Michigan-based charities such as the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Lebanese American Heritage Club, Food Bank of South Central Michigan and Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank of West Michigan received a total of $1,200,000 from State Giving Program grants.

“At Walmart, our mission is to do all we can to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Michael Collischan, regional general manager for Walmart in Michigan. “By providing organizations with these State Giving grants, we are not only fulfilling Walmart’s charitable mission, we are able to help these nonprofits work to fulfill their own missions and help better the community.”

As a 2013 State Giving Program grant recipient, the Greater Lansing Food Bank in Lansing was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to purchase a new food delivery truck. “The Greater Lansing Food Bank serves tens of thousands in need of emergency food in seven counties,” said Joe Wald, Executive Director of Greater Lansing Food Bank “Walmart’s generous grant has provided us with a new truck, which will enable us to pick-up and deliver food promptly and better serve some of the areas where food is scarce.”

Launched in 2008, 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

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