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Walmart Foundation Seeking Kansas Nonprofits for State Giving Program

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The Walmart Foundation State Giving Council Program will open the application period for its second cycle of giving today, April 20. Kansas nonprofit organizations can apply for funding to support programs within the scope of the “Focused Giving” areas that include hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity. In order to be considered for grant funding this cycle, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central time on May 1, 2015.

Twice annually, the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program looks for non-profit organizations best serving the needs of Kansas communities. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000 each. Last year alone, the Kansas State Giving Program awarded more than $450,000 to Kansas-based charities such as the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka, Flint Hills Breadbasket Inc., Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, and the Urban League of Kansas.

It is Walmart's passion to give back and help people live better in Kansas and across the globe. In fiscal year ending 2013, cash and in-kind donations in Kansas from Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $8.7 million. Total giving in Kansas, including customer donations, totaled $10.3 million. During that same year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. Additionally, Walmart, Sam's Club and Logistics associates volunteered more than 1.8 million hours, generating $17 million to U.S. nonprofits.

Applications to the Kansas State Giving Program are reviewed by a State Advisory Council comprised of local Walmart associates, with funding recommendations made to the Walmart Foundation. For this cycle of giving, nonprofits will be notified of the funding decision on July 10, 2015.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program's online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program's minimum eligibility criteria. For more information, including State Giving Program application guidelines and examples, please visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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