5 big box store community grant opportunities

Big box stores offer communities grants for public safety, community engagement and resilience. Learn more and know when to apply.


By Andrea Fox
Editor in Chief of EfficentGov

Several big box chain stores provide small grants to local non-profit organizations and community groups and community engagement, disaster preparedness, resilience, public safety and emergency planning are eligible efforts.

Walmart Grants from $250 to $200K

Several big box chain stores provide small grants for community engagement, disaster preparedness, resilience, public safety and emergency planning. (Photo/Pixabay)
Several big box chain stores provide small grants for community engagement, disaster preparedness, resilience, public safety and emergency planning. (Photo/Pixabay)

In 2015, individual Walmart store grants to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, schools, recreation centers and more totaled $47 million, according to the Walmart Foundation website. Awards range from $250 to $2,500 through the Community Grant Program.

In early 2017, the foundation also announced a new nationwide state grant program (including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico) that will fund projects ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.

The third of three cycles in the program includes funding for community engagement focused on meeting needs of underserved low-income populations. Grant-fundable initiatives can include career opportunity, disaster preparedness, education programs, healthcare access, shelters and other human service programs. Disaster Preparedness examples could include equipment like shelter kits.

Target & BLUE Law Enforcement Grant Program up to $2K

The Target Foundation offers $250-$2,000 grants for public safety. The 2017 grant round was held between February and April, according to National Neighborhood Watch.

More information about public safety grants may be found on Target’s corporate website.

Home Depot Grants up to $5K 

The Home Depot provides grants in the form of gift cards for tools, materials and services up to $5,000 to communities and non-profits that are seeking to improve the physical health and well-being of communities by engaging the power of volunteers.

Grant-eligible projects include weatherizing and improving the resilience of low-income or transitional housing and community facilities. Applications for Community Impact Grants are only accepted online. This year’s program is set to begin February 1, 2018.

Lowe’s Grants from $100 up to $100,000 

Lowe’s offers grants ranging from $2,001 to $100,000 through its Community Partners Grants. The retailer seeks to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities needing support on high-need building and grounds renovations, technology upgrades and safety improvements. For 2018, applications will be accepted in two cycles from March 19 through May 11 and from July 2 through August 24.

Also, Lowe’s offers small grants from $100 to $2,000 on a rolling basis for non-educational projects, which are awarded as gift cards for tools, materials and services. Applying for Lowe’s small grants online.

Costco Charitable Community Donations

Costco Wholesale’s warehouses and regional offices support programs focused on children, education and health and human services to non-profits and local organizations, though not directly to government agencies for any overhead costs. Applications may be submitted year round to communityrelations@costco.com

Download the regional donation requests form for more information.

Download the warehouse donation request form for more information.

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