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Deadline: February 2, 2016

Walmart Foundation: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating Education and Career Opportunity

The Walmart Foundation will support organizations that address one of the following areas: 1) Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating Education; and 2) Career Opportunity for diverse communities.

1. Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating Education:
The Walmart Foundation’s sustainable food system commitment aim to address major issues and threats facing today’s global food system, including how to address the food needs of a growing population while reducing environmental impact; meeting an increasing consumer demand for greater food transparency; providing more options for healthier eating; and alleviating global hunger.

  • Proposals that address hunger relief will invest in programs that will increase access to food, meals or services designed to address hunger. Example programs include: SNAP enrollment assistance, adult and child hunger programs, and charitable feeding programs.
  • Proposals that address healthy eating education programs increase participant demand for healthier food by providing individuals with the tools needed to choose, and skills needed to cook, healthier food. Programs must provide a minimum of 6 hours of nutrition education programming, and result in “meaningful” behavior change for low-income, underserved populations.

2. Career Opportunity:
The Walmart Foundation is committed to helping address systems change necessary to make career paths utilizing transferable skills among employers a reality for retail workers in America. This will necessitate collaboration among many different partners. Among those partners may be educational institutions, workforce boards, employers, and non-profits. It will require a set of programming that will need to be piloted, scaled, monitored, and evaluated to find what improves opportunity for the American worker.

Career Opportunity proposals will need to support programs with measurable impact that help reduce barriers to entry for opportunities leading to economic mobility. These programs must help entry-level, low-skilled workers develop skills and gain employment experience that enable continued employment. The Foundation is seeking proposals which will provide interventions (such as skills training, job coaching, English as Second Language and citizenship acquisition or other services) to increase opportunities for workers to access employment, retain existing employment, access advancement or move into new jobs. Major components of programming could provide opportunities through job training and placement assistance, career advice, and greater access to the resources that help people become self-sufficient.

Awarded organizations/programs should focus on either an innovative idea to address the areas of concern or be programs that are ready to be scaled up to meet the needs of a larger portion of the underserved community they are addressing.

Amount: Walmart expects to provide a total of $3,500,000 in grants, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 for the period of one year. Most awards are expected to be $250,000 or less. The grant amount requested cannot exceed 20% of an organization’s annual budget.

Eligibility: Organizations must:

  • Be a tax-exempt public charity described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, other than a Type III supporting organization. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS State Master File at the time the application is submitted and at the time of awarding if chosen for funding.
  • Have a demonstrated ability and expertise to execute the proposed program.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the program or project has previously achieved its proposed outcomes or provide research that validates the work of the proposed grant.
  • Operate on a national scale through chapters/affiliates in many states around the country or through programs that operate regionally/locally and are seeking funding to replicate successful program activities.
  • Be able to deliver services to diverse communities.

Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/request-for-proposals-in-diverse-communities

Note: The online application system that must be used to apply opens on January 11, 2016.

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