Walmart Foundation: Letter of Inquiry

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Nutrition & Healthy Eating Food Access & Hunger

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: United States Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: There are no deadlines. LOIs are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Following review of your LOI, if your program aligns with our funding priorities a full proposal requesting additional information will be invited.

Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind to support programs that align with our philanthropic priorities. We focus on areas where we can do the most good - combining the unique strengths of the business alongside our philanthropy. Our ability to draw on Walmart business strengths, providing more than just funding, helps our philanthropy to deliver greater societal impact. Today,, through the combined philanthropic efforts of both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, creates opportunities for people to live better every day

Letter of Inquiry Process

Unsolicited letters of inquiry are only accepted for the following programs:

Access to Healthier Food strives to improve access and availability to healthier food and support programs that provide nutrition education to increase people’s confidence in selecting, preparing and serving healthier foods. While food insecurity exists in all communities, we seek to fund organizations that have the capacity to administer sub-grants and build capacity across networks of organizations to scale proven strategies, test and evaluate place-based efforts or innovative approaches that could have the potential to scale in the future. To be eligible, programs must support underserved and food insecure households.

Our philanthropy is focused on two areas:

  • Access and Availability to Healthier Food
    • In FY2019, Walmart donated more than 640 million pounds of food, over 55% of which was fruits, vegetables and meats. Those efforts are complemented by philanthropic investments to increase access and availability to healthier food by:
      • Strengthening and protecting federal nutrition programs, specifically SNAP and WIC (i.e. technology to improve access to SNAP and WIC, including outreach, application assistance, program delivery and building capacity for advocacy).
      • Scaling food recovery models for fresher food, specifically from retail and farm (i.e. approaches to distribute fresh food more quickly to people in need, such as in re-processing food and helping to better connect food available for donation with organizations who are able to distribute it).
      • Evolving food distribution and meal programs to improve equitable access and outcomes, especially in communities experiencing higher rates of food insecurity (i.e. prototyping innovative approaches to fill gaps and better respond to needs, especially those with potential to scale).
  • Build Confidence to Eat Healthier
    • Through philanthropy, we support programs and initiatives designed to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. We look for programs and initiatives that help people select, prepare and serve healthier meals. This strategy supports programs that:
      • Build nutrition literacy through evidence-based education programs (e.g. supporting schools in scaling access to educational content and delivery models and integrating education programs with initiatives increasing access to healthier foods).
      • Improve people’s ability to efficiently and effectively find and connect with food resources in their communities (e.g. leveraging technology web tools and applications).
      • Encourage healthier eating through evidence-based simplified nutrition messaging or programs that incentivize selection of healthier foods (e.g. targeting messages on digital platforms and implementing behavioral nudges).
      • We seek to fund organizations that have the capacity to administer sub-grants and build capacity across networks of organizations to scale proven strategies, test and evaluate place-based efforts or innovative approaches that could have the potential to scale in the future.

Award Conditions

Organizations that have already received a grant, but have not completed an impact report, may not apply or receive a new grant.

Overhead/indirect costs (non-program-related expenses) may not exceed 10% of the total program budget.

While the majority of Walmart and Walmart Foundation 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations should be eligible 501(c)3 or international equivalent organizations.
  • Organizations in the U.S. must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time the application is submitted.


  • Funding Exclusions
    • Association/chamber memberships
    • Athletic sponsorships (teams, events)
    • Capital campaigns and endowments (defined as any plans to raise funds for a significant purchase or expense, such as new construction, major renovations or to help fund normal budgetary items)
    • 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)
    • Sponsorship of fundraising events (galas, walks, races, tournaments)


This page was last reviewed July 16, 2021 and last updated July 16, 2021