Our public safety grants are managed locally by our Target store and distribution center Assets Protection teams, and are awarded to eligible organizations across the country to support crime prevention programs and community safety initiatives.
What types of agencies are eligible to apply for a public safety-focused grant?
Public agencies or federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the U.S. (or one of its protectorates) located in the communities where Target has stores or DCs are eligible to apply (the organization must be within 100 miles of a Target store or DC). In addition, the applying agency must be submitting a proposal focused on crime prevention programs or community safety initiatives in order to qualify for a public safety-focused grant through CEF.
Note: A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the U.S. government, such as public schools, public libraries, public parks, and law enforcement agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid IRS government affirmation letter (e.g. law enforcement agencies) or NCES number (e.g. schools).
Who is not eligible to apply for a public safety-focused grant?
- Elected officials
- Advocacy or research groups
- Religious groups (for religious purposes)
- Organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status
- Organizations with an alternate tax status (e.g. 501(c)(6), 501(c)(8), etc.)
- Educational institutions (for regular instructional programs)
- Organizations that are unable to accept and cash a grant check (if awarded)
- Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy
What is the timing for eligible, invited agencies to apply for grant funds through CEF?
Public safety focused requests are accepted, reviewed, and funded through CEF based on a certain timetable, and online applications are accepted March 1 – October 30 (restrictions apply for NNO).
Note: Target is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind or failure to receive entry information.
funding focus areas
What are some of the public safety-related focuses funded through the CEF grant program?
- Public safety events such as those focused on bicycle and helmet safety
- Specialized investigative police equipment such as digital cameras or forensic items
- Specialized police equipment for divisional units such as bike, K9, mounted patrol (with the exception of animal purchases and/or associated care expenses)
- Certified training for law enforcement officials (non-administrative)
- Youth programs such as PAL or Police Explorers (non-administrative)
- Community events and festivals
- Shopping sprees such as back to school or Heroes & Helpers
- Crime prevention programs such as vehicle theft prevention or neighborhood watch
What are some of the focuses not funded through the CEF grant program?
- Capital or building construction projects
- Administrative costs such as staff salaries or travel expenses
- Endowment campaigns
- Fundraiser or gala events
- Software, databases, computers, tablets or related accessories
- Weapons or weapons-related programs
- Treatment programs such as substance or alcohol abuse
- Disaster response (supported through a separate HQ program)
- Health, recreation, therapeutic programs and living subsidies
- Expenditures for general equipment or items that are the normal responsibility of the agency (e.g. ballistic vests, radios, cars, handcuffs, etc.)
- Expenditures for equipment with potential privacy concerns (e.g. drones, license plate readers)
- National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, testimonials, or other similar events
How is an agency considered for potential public safety grant funding through CEF?
Eligible agencies interested in being considered for a potential public safety-focused grant should contact their local Target store or distribution center’s Assets Protection (AP) team for a meeting to provide information around their program and overall funding request. At the meeting the agency should provide the AP team with information including:
- A broad overview of the program or initiative they are requesting funds for
- An outline documenting what the requested funds would be used towards
- How they plan to measure program success (e.g. reporting, pictures, participant feedback, etc.)
- The amount of grant funding they are requesting
- A description of how the program or initiative would impact or benefit the community
The organization will then be notified if their request can be considered for potential funding, and if so the next steps in the application process.
How and when are invited agencies notified regarding a submitted online grant application?
After submission of the online application, a confirmation will be sent to the email address used to create the online grant account (please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list to ensure messages are received).
Additionally, once Target has reviewed the submitted online application, an email will be sent to the individual who completed the grant informing them of its approved or declined status.
- Target public safety-focused grant applications are by invitation only
- Awarded checks cannot be provided as Target GiftCardsSM or substituted in any other way
- Grant checks cannot be reissued to a different entity on behalf of the applying organization
- Target reserves the right to interpret these rules and make decisions concerning the grant, its acceptance and use, in situations not covered by these guidelines
For general questions related to our public safety grants, email email@example.com. If you have technical questions related to the grant application website, contact Target via the “Need Support?” link at the bottom of the online grant application login page.
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