Thank you for your interest in support from The Big Lots Foundation.
Please review our guidelines and submit your application below.
Improve and enrich the lives of families and children
Our giving priorities include supporting programs or organizations in the areas of healthcare, housing, hunger, and education, especially those serving women and children. Our giving takes place throughout the United States where we operate stores, distribution centers, and our corporate office.
Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. Significant partnership projects and capital requests are by invitation only.
Big Lots Foundation expects requests from 501(c)3 public nonprofit organizations only. Requests from individuals, families, and other sources will not be accepted.
We receive a very high volume of requests. Only the most competitive of those will be considered. Fewer will be funded.
At minimum, nonprofits requesting support from Big Lots must:
Big Lots Foundation will consider requests from organizations:
Priority is given to projects that:
Note: Gifts outside of this criterion are considered on a case-by-case basis. For instance, grant awards for environmental causes, diversity, or the arts.
Does Big Lots have a charitable giving program?
Yes. Giving back to our communities is an important company value. The company and our associates have a long history of sharing that belief. The Big Lots Foundation was created in December 2014 to amplify and augment this important work.
The Big Lots Foundation provides support to registered, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that fit within our philanthropic focus and meet our guidelines. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is a tax-exempt charitable organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.
What type of support do you provide?
Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. In addition, Big Lots associates volunteer thousands of hours in the community.
What is the focus of the Big Lots Foundation?
Big Lots Foundation directs its support to nonprofit programs or organizations with a focus on healthcare, housing, hunger and education.
Who do you support?
Big Lots Foundation accepts requests ONLY from 501(c)3 public nonprofit organizations where we operate stores, distribution centers or our corporate office. Priority is given to projects that have a Big Lots associate actively involved. Requests from individuals, families, and other sources will not be accepted.
What do you NOT support?
How do we apply for financial support?
Before submitting an application via our online application portal, please review the Giving Guidelines to assess whether your organization meets our criteria. After reviewing our guidelines, have your charitable tax ID/EIN number ready to submit your request via the application portal.
Please note that we have two grant request deadlines per year. Complete grant applications submitted online will only be considered by the deadlines provided.
Spring - Summer Request deadline: January 1 at Midnight PST
Organizations will be notified of their application status in March of that year.
Fall - Winter Request deadline: July 1 at Midnight PST
Organizations will be notified of their application status in September of that year.
Please note: Faxed, mailed or emailed requests will not be considered.
How do we request an in-kind donation?
Because demand for in-kind donations outweighs our resources, we will consider a limited number of donation requests to nonprofit partners for auction or fundraising raffle items or for bulk merchandise donations to eligible nonprofits directly serving neighbors in need. Priority is given to organizations that align with our giving areas and have a Big Lots associate involved as an active volunteer, board member or committee member. Organizations may only request one in-kind donation per calendar year, submitting an application via the online application portal.
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