grants FAQs

Here are some quick and easy answers to the questions our partners ask the most.

education grants

  1. What Target education grants are offered this year?
  2. What is not funded through the Target education grants program?
  3. What are Target's program timing and funding guidelines?

Target Foundation grants

  1. What are the areas of focus for Target Foundation grants?
  2. What is not funded through the Target Foundation?

eligibility

  1. How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from Target?
  2. How do we know if our organization is within the Target community?
  3. My 501(c)(3) has a pending status; do I qualify to receive a donation?
  4. My organization has 501(c)(3) status but I received an error when completing a grant application stating: “The Tax ID that you entered was not found in the IRS database. We cannot accept applications from organizations that are not certified 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS.” Can I submit our IRS status letter to Target as proof?

applying for a grant

  1. When do you accept applications?
  2. May I send the application directly to a Target representative or another contact at Target?
  3. Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?
  4. May I access the grant application outside of the open grant cycle?
  5. What information is needed on the application section asking about overall program budget and proposed project budget?
  6. How do I complete the demographic section in the application when the percentages of the population served don’t add up to 100%?
  7. Is my internet browser compatible with Target online grant applications?
  8. Where do I forward my online application?
  9. Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?
  10. How can I print my application?
  11. How do I return to an incomplete application that I saved, but have not yet submitted?

I've applied for a grant, now what?

  1. Can you send us a grantee kit?
  2. How should I notify Target if my email or mailing address changes after I submit my online application?
  3. Are Target grants transferable?
  4. I applied for a $5,000 grant but only received $2,000. Will I receive the rest of the funds I requested?
  5. When will I be contacted about the status of my application?
  6. If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?
  7. How can I update or delete a contact in my application?

What Target education grants are offered this year?

At the heart of Target’s long-standing tradition of giving 5 percent of our profit to communities is our commitment to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

Field Trips:

Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. We fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between February and December 2016.

What is not funded through the Target education grants program?

Target does not make grants to:

  • individuals
  • programs taking place outside of the United States, U.S. protectorates or Canada
  • educational institutions for regular instructional programs
  • religious organizations for religious purposes
  • treatment programs such as substance or alcohol abuse
  • athletic teams or events
  • fundraiser or gala events
  • advocacy or research groups
  • capital or building construction projects
  • endowment campaigns
  • elected officials
  • organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy

What are Target's program timing and funding guidelines?

Target accepts, reviews and funds programs for Target education grants based on a specific timetable.

Target Field Trip Grants applications are accepted Aug. 1 – Sept. 30.

What are the areas of focus for Target Foundation grants?

Arts:

Target supports programs and organizations based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area that provide accessible and affordable arts and cultural experiences to the community through general operating grants. Target requires applicants to register online with the Minnesota Cultural Data Project (CDP) before applying for Foundation funding.

Contact Minnesota CDP with any questions about your data, financial terms, or reports. 

The Minnesota CDP Help Desk is open from 9am-8pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Toll Free: 877-707-DATA (877-707-3282)
Email: help@culturaldata.org

 

Social Services:

Target supports programs and organizations based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area that directly provide food and housing to communities or families at risk through general operating grants.

What is not funded through the Target Foundation?

Target Foundation does not make grants to:

  • organizations outside the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • individuals
  • endowments
  • religious groups for religious purposes
  • national ceremonies, memorials, conferences, fundraising dinners, testimonials, or other similar events
  • health, recreation, therapeutic programs and living subsidies
  • elected officials
  • organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy

How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a grant from Target?

To request a charitable contribution, your organization must be a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public agency located in the United States of America or one of its protectorates.

Note: A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by the United States government such as public schools, public libraries, public parks, and law enforcement agencies. A public agency must be able to provide a valid Government affirmation letter or have a valid NCES number.

How do we know if our organization is within the Target community?

We accept grant requests from organizations that are in the communities where Target has stores in the United States. Your organization must be within 100 miles of one of our stores in order to apply for a Target grant.

My 501(c)(3) has a pending status; do I qualify to receive a donation?

No. Target does not fund organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status. Only organizations that are verified with a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, are eligible to receive donations.

My organization has 501(c)(3) status but I received an error when completing a grant application stating: “The Tax ID that you entered was not found in the IRS database. We cannot accept applications from organizations that are not certified 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS.” Can I submit our IRS status letter to Target as proof?

We utilize the IRS database to verify 501(c)(3) status and are unable to accept any other alternative form of documentation. Please contact the IRS to discuss any concerns you may have with your organization’s status listing.

When do you accept applications?

Target education online grant applications are accepted during the timeframe below:

  • Field Trip Grants – opens at noon (CST) on Aug. 1 and closes at noon (CST) on Sept. 30

Target Foundation grant applications are accepted at two different times each year:

  • Arts – opens at noon (CST) Jan. 1 and closes at noon (CST) Feb. 1
  • Social Services – opens at noon (CST) April 1 and closes at noon (CST) May 1

May I send the application directly to a Target representative or another contact at Target?

No, Target only accepts applications online.

Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?

No, your application is not saved automatically. To ensure no application data is lost, please click on the "Save and Proceed" button at the bottom of each application page.

May I access the grant application outside of the open grant cycle?

Grant applications are only accessible during the open grant cycles. The Target Field Trip Grant cycle is Aug. 1 – Sept. 30.

What information is needed on the application section asking about overall program budget and proposed project budget?

For non-profit organizations, the organization budget refers to the average amount of funds raised each year to run the organization. Schools need to include the overall annual budget for the school. We understand this varies by year, so please refer to your organization's previous year budget as a point of reference.

How do I complete the demographic section in the application when the percentages of the population served don’t add up to 100%?

We understand that these categories are not mutually exclusive and that they are generally estimates. We hope that you will focus on the primary groups served by the organization and adjust the numbers accordingly.

 

Is my internet browser compatible with Target online grant applications?

Our online grant applications work with the following internet browser versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0+
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6+
  • Apple Safari 5+

You must have both cookies and JavaScript enabled to log in.

Where do I forward my online application?

Once the application is completed online, you will need to click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the last page of the application to submit your application electronically on the internet. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you used to create your online grant application account. Please add cgsupport@cybergrants.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox.

Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?

Please do not mail any grant requests. Only online applications will be considered.

How can I print my application?

Printing from the Review page: The best way to view your application and print is on the 'Review Your Application' page.

  • Complete all required fields on the application.
  • Click the "Save and Proceed" button on the last section to bring yourself to the 'Review Your Application' page.
  • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.

Printing page by page while working on the application: Use this option while still working on the application. Following these instructions will print the page exactly as seen on the screen.

  • Print out each page by clicking 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.
  • Click the section link in the timeline at the top of the page in order to move to the next section.

Printing a submitted application: Use this option if you would like to print a copy of your submitted application.

  • At the bottom of the Welcome Page, click the 'View' link located next to the application you want to print.
  • Go to 'File' and then 'Print' on your browser toolbar. Please note: You may need to change the orientation of your page setup from Portrait to Landscape.

How do I return to an incomplete application that I saved, but have not yet submitted?

Login with the email address and password that was used to create the application. Under 'Applications Requiring Action,' at the bottom of the Welcome Page, look for the application you wish to continue. Click the 'Continue' link next to that application.

Can you send us a grantee kit?

Resources are available at Target.com/marketingresources to help you promote your partnership with us. (No need to include the "www" if typing the address.) Please identify us as "Target" if you choose to produce announcements or articles in recognition of your grant.

How should I notify Target if my email or mailing address changes after I submit my online application?

You are able to update this information through your online grant application account. Log in using the email address you used to create the account. Once you’ve logged in, select the “Change Email/Password” link and follow the prompts.

Are Target grants transferable?

Target grants are non-transferable. If a grant was provided to one organization or school, the grant may not be transferred to a new school or organization.

As long as the recipient school/organization can administer the program as described in the grant application, then the grant should stay at that organization. If they aren't able or willing to administer the program or if the organization or school has closed, then the grant check needs to be returned to Target.

I applied for a $5,000 grant but only received $2,000. Will I receive the rest of the funds I requested?

Regretfully, we are unable to provide full funding support for your program at this time. We receive many more grant requests than we are able to fund. We wish you success in securing additional financial support for your program.

When will I be contacted about the status of my application?

After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. After Target reviews your application, you will receive notification indicating whether your grant request has been approved or declined.


 

If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?

You may receive a program evaluation survey following the end of your program. The evaluation will focus on outputs such as the number of people served  and marketing activities. If your Target-funded program requires a program evaluation, Target will send an online link with instructions; there is no need to proactively reach out for the evaluation.

If you’d like to send a thank you note, please send it to your local Target Store, attention of the Store Team Leader (store manager). The local team enjoys hearing how our giving programs help in their community.

How can I update or delete a contact in my application?

Click the contact's name in the contact information section of the application. Edit as necessary or delete the person by clicking the "Delete Contact" button.Click the "Save and Proceed" button.