Walmart welcomes applications for grants from Maryland nonprofits


The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle recently, welcoming Maryland nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is January 29, 2016.

Last year, through its State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to Maryland organizations.

“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program is another way we extend our mission to help people live better,” Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Erik Hingst said. “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.”

In 2015, for example, the Walmart Foundation awarded Maryland’s REAL School Gardens a $60,000 grant through its State Giving Program. The grant went toward supporting the nonprofit’s mission of uniting teachers, parents, businesses and students to design a learning garden tailored to each school’s unique needs.

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