Budgeting and Walmart Grant Potential

Greetings from GrantLessons! We added a couple of followers during the last month we are now at 59 followers.

Well yesterday I was in Burbank at the National Committee Meetings working on more fun activites with the GrantLessons Team. I had a fun day last Friday as I worked with a new Grants Committee member. We are lucky that one of our new members happens to be someone who had worked on developing grants for a school district in Ohio and has retired in Reno. As we talked, she had one very interesting comment about the importance of the Grants Committee working very closely with the Budget and Finance Committee to develop the amount of grants for the budget each year. She wants us all to think about stretching ourselves a little when we put our targets out there to obtain grants for the year. Her reasoning is that if we budget for just the amount we think we will need for the year to fund our program we then may not be in the position to apply for additional grants later in the year that may become available. Food for thought!

Since, there is at least one Walmart in most of our communities, I wanted to bring to your attention that the Walmart Foundation is entertaining grant proposals (www.walmartfoundation.org). There is a local grant program that awards $250 to $5,000 and a state grant program that awards $25,000 to $500,000. A chapter can apply for both programs. The application process for the local grant program opens on February 1, 2013 and the application process for the state program runs from January through March and the second funding cycle begins in June and ends in August. The areas of focus are education; environmental sustainability; health and wellness; hunger and nutrition; workforce opportunity; and women’s economic empowerment. Check it out there may be money in there for your chapter ;-).

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

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6 thoughts on “Budgeting and Walmart Grant Potential

  1. Thanks Sandie for the heads up on Walmart.  We are definitely going to apply for a local grant. Liz Stenstrom

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  2. Hello from Tucson: I have looked into Wal-Mart areas of focus on the state and local levels and although they say “education”, when you are doing the app online (the only way), there is no category of “education” to pull down for your areas of interest. We have received money from them in the past but they have made some changes to the application.
    I would love to know if anyone else has been able to get past the lack of a pull down focus area that fits with our organization!

  3. The focus areas are the same as the state, I am sorry to say. If any one has suggestions about what focus area would fit with Operation School Bell, I would love to know!
    Thanks!

    • Jeannie, I use poverty, children/youth, and project/program support. It is best to use the geographic focus and your particular state to get a more refined list. However, searching also on the national focus will also bring up potential grantors. Each potential grantor will have to be evaluated in order to determine appropriateness for Operation School Bell. Sandie

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