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Northwest Arkansas Giving Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Faith-Based
Organizations in Eligible Counties for Community Benefit Programs

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Walmart Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/11/21 - Deadline for Improving Access and Availability to Healthier Food


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Grants to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, and faith-based organizations in eligible counties for community benefit programs. Funding is intended for programs that address the nutritional needs of residents and for programs that provide access to arts and recreational programs. Nonprofit organizations must operate in Benton or Washington counties.

Work must fit within one of the following focus areas:

  • Improving Access and Availability to Healthier Food: Walmart supports programs that work to systematically improve access to healthier food, teach healthier eating skills and collaboration among local nonprofits to meet the area’s long-term needs.
  • Strengthening Community Cohesion: To build a culture of inclusion in the region. Walmart supports programs that provide access to arts and recreation programs. While there is some support for subsidized admission or programming, support that prioritizes collaboration across organizations’ innovation is prioritized. Walmart and Sam’s Club event sponsorships in Northwest Arkansas are reviewed once a year.

Specific emphasis will be placed on proposals that demonstrate measurable outcomes and address issues within underserved communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175231

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum amount to apply for is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

While the majority of grants are less than two years, organizations may propose initiatives with timeframes that extend up to three years. No-cost extensions may be requested for up to an additional 12 months, if necessary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations applying must meet one of following criteria:
- An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conducting activities within Northwest Arkansas. 501(c)(3) organizations must be recognized as public charities other than Type II supporting organizations.
- A recognized government entity: state, county or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes.
- A K-12 public or nonprofit private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university.
- A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and clothing closets.

Funding Exclusions:
- Association/chamber memberships
- Athletic sponsorships (teams, events)
- Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members
- General operating expenses
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university or vocational school attendance)

Award Conditions:
- Grant request amount should not exceed 30% of the applicant’s total operating budget for the most recent fiscal year.
- Overhead/indirect costs (non-program-related expenses) may not exceed 15% of the total program budget.
- Funding provided by the Walmart Foundation cannot be used to provide services, compensation, or preferential treatment to Walmart stores or Walmart affiliated businesses.

Pre-Application Information:

- Strengthening Community Cohesion: Deadline to apply is Friday, April 2, 2021.
- Improving Access and Availability to Healthier Food: Deadline to apply is Friday, June 11, 2021.

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