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Deadline: October 22, 2018

Walmart Foundation: Incumbent Service-Sector Worker Upskilling

The Walmart Foundation will support entities to build on or accelerate cross-sector, upskilling efforts for incumbent workers within a specific community or region that can lead to professional advancement or promotion. Cross-sector collaboration is a key factor for being selected; therefore, applicants should demonstrate involvement with numerous community and state partners in the program development and implementation.

Proposals should focus on:

  • Innovative ideas to plan and execute incumbent service-sector employee upskilling through cross-sector collaboration; and/or
  • Programs that are ready to be scaled to meet the needs of incumbent service-sector workers specifically focusing on upskilling and program access

While not an exhaustive list, examples of proposals that will be considered include the following:

  • Collaborative community development of career/training pathways to mid- high- skilled jobs for incumbent service-sector workers
  • A training program providing incumbent workers education that meets their needs based on a job opportunity landscape review
  • Creation of employer advisory councils that will promote and execute incumbent service-sector upskilling
  • Engagement by the public sector including local and state government and workforce boards to promote and execute incumbent-worker upskilling
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) or adult-education programs that focus on upskilling workers in pre-existing programs

Amount: A total of $4,000,000 is available. Programs should span up to 18 months and will range from $250,000-$500,000. Applicants that can show blended or braided funding from other sources will receive preference.


  • Applicant organization must be a tax-exempt, public charity described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted and at the time of awarding if chosen for funding.
  • Organizations must have a demonstrated ability and expertise to execute the proposed program.
  • Organizations that operate regionally/locally are eligible to apply.
  • The Foundation favors collaboration. Organizations are strongly encouraged to work jointly or as part of coalitions, working together on a programmatic goal.
  • The grant amount requested cannot exceed 20 percent of an organization’s annual operating budget.
  • Grant funds may not be used to cover more than 75 percent of personnel expenses for any single program-related position.
  • Organization must be able to deliver services to diverse communities. Diverse is defined as African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian /Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, Individuals with Disabilities, and Women.

Link: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/national-giving

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