grants FAQs

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

education grants

  1. What is the focus of Target education grants?
  2. Why is Target’s education grant program now placing an emphasis on arts education instead of arts accessibility?
  3. What is not funded through the Target education grants program?
  4. 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. Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?
  3. May I access the grant application outside of the open grant cycle?
  4. May I send the application directly to a Target representative or another contact at Target?
  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. Do I need to have cookies enabled on my internet browser?
  9. Where do I forward my online application?
  10. Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?
  11. Can I get a copy of the online application form?
  12. Do I have to complete the application in one online session?
  13. 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. Are Target grants transferable?
  3. When will I be contacted about the status of my application?
  4. If I'm awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?
  5. How should I notify Target if my email or mailing address changes after I submit my online application?
  6. I applied for a $5,000 grant but only received $2,000. Will I receive the rest of the funds I requested?

other education giving programs

  1. What is Give With Target and how can my school get involved?

What is the focus of Target education grants?

Arts, Culture & Design in Schools:

Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015.

Early Childhood Reading:

Target funds programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Reading grants support programs such as library storytimes and family reading nights. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 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 2014.

Why is Target’s education grant program now placing an emphasis on arts education instead of arts accessibility?

Our commitment to making the arts affordable and accessible for children and families remains unchanged. We will continue to support arts organizations, though we are shifting the focus of our Target education grant program slightly from ‘arts accessibility’ to ‘arts and culture in schools’. This means that all education-grant-funded arts programs must now have a curriculum component. Programs can take place either during or after school.

At the national level, we will continue to sponsor arts accessibility programs nationwide, including our sponsorship of free and reduced price access to arts and cultural events.

What is not funded through the Target education grants program?

Target does not make grants to:

  • individuals
  • programs that will not take place within Target communities located within the United States
  • organizations not located within the United States (click here for information regarding Target Canada’s community giving)
  • 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

What are Target's program timing and funding guidelines?

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

Early Childhood Reading and Arts, Culture & Design in Schools grant applications are accepted March 1, noon CST - April 30, noon CST.

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

*For Cultural Data Project questions only. For questions regarding a Target Foundation grant, email Community.Relations@target.com and you will receive a prompt response.


Social Services:

Target supports programs and organizations based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area that directly provide food, clothing 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

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.

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.

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.

Target Canada has a separate community giving program.  You can learn more about Target’s commitment to the community and our legacy of giving by visiting www.target.ca.

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 grant applications are accepted at two different times each year. The online application process opens at noon Central Standard Time (CST) on the first day of the cycle, and closes at noon Central Standard Time (CST) on the last day. Grant cycle timing for each grant type is listed below:

  • Arts, Culture & Design in Schools and Early Childhood Reading Grants – opens at noon (CST) March 1 and closes at noon (CST) on April 30
  • 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

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 Finish Later" 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 cycle for Target Education Grants (including Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants) is March 1 – April 30. The Target Field Trip Grant cycle is Aug. 1 – Sept. 30.

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

No, Target only accepts applications online.

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 are certified to work with the following internet browser versions:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (for PC) SP-2
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 (for PC)
  • Safari 2.0 (for Mac)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0

Do I need to have cookies enabled on my internet browser?

Yes, Target online applications place a cookie on your computer to enable the "Save and Finish Later" functionality. Please check the user's manual for your internet browser to enable cookies if you receive an error message.

Where do I forward my online application?

Once the application is completed online, you will need to click the "Review & 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 community.relations@target.com and application.notification@target.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.

Can I get a copy of the online application form?

You will be able to print a copy as you are filling out the online application form. Click on the "Printer Friendly Version" link located in the top right hand corner of each application page. You can also log into your account and check under the Submitted Applications section. Select the appropriate application, open it and print.

Do I have to complete the application in one online session?

No, you can start the application and choose to save and finish it at another time. Just click on the "Save and Finish Later" button located at the bottom of each application page.

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

Once you create an online grant application account, you will receive an email notification that includes the email address and password required to access your saved application. Please add community.relations@target.com and application.notification@target.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox. This email will also include the web address of the Account Login page https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_491/?SA=AM.

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.

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. Please email additional questions to community.relations@target.com.

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

After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. After an initial review, you may be contacted to provide additional information. Communication will occur via email or letter. Please add community.relations@target.com and application.notification@target.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your in-box. After Target reviews your application, you will receive notification indicating whether your grant request has been approved or declined.

Target Education Grant applicants will receive notification by Aug. 31.

Target Field Trip Grant applicants will receive notification by Jan. 1.

Target Foundation Arts Grant applicants will receive notification by June 30.  

Target Foundation Social Services Grant applicants will receive notification by Sept. 30.  

 

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 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. Or, email community.relations@target.com to let us know. Be sure to provide the name of your organization and the old address information in the email.

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.

What is Give With Target and how can my school get involved?

During the back-to-school season, Give With Target allows guests to help allocate up to a $5 million donation to schools across the U.S. to help them get more of the things they need. Beginning Aug. 14, 2013, guests can visit Target’s Facebook page to access an app and vote for a school of their choice once a week. Once a school has received 25 votes, Target will donate $1 per vote, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per school. The campaign runs through Sept. 21, 2013 or until up to $5 million has been allocated.