Target public safety grants

Creating safe and secure neighborhoods for our guests and team members is important to us. That’s why we provide public safety-focused funding.

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Our public safety grants are managed locally by our Target store and distribution center Assets Protection teams, and are awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations across the country to support crime prevention programs, community safety or youth engagement initiatives.



What types of agencies are eligible to apply for a public safety-focused grant?

Federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or public schools located in the communities where Target has stores or distribution centers are eligible to apply (the organization must be within 100 miles of a Target store or distribution center).

Who is not eligible to apply for a public safety-focused grant?

  • Individuals
  • 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
  • Law Enforcement Agencies or Fire Departments (Exception: law enforcement or fire foundations are eligible to apply)


funding focus areas

What are some of the public safety-related focuses funded through the CEF grant program?

The applying nonprofit organization must submit a proposal focused on crime prevention programs, community safety or youth engagement initiatives in order to qualify for a public safety-focused grant.

  • Community safety initiatives and programs (e.g. bike helmet, car seat safety, child ID events)
  • Community engagement crime prevention programs (e.g. educational materials, stranger danger, social media safety) 
  • Youth programs that strengthen communities by fostering relationships between youth and public safety partners (classroom to careers, after school/summer programs, mentoring, back to school shopping)

What are some of the focuses not funded through the public safety grant program?

  • Training
  • Capital or building construction projects  
  • Law enforcement general, specialized or investigative equipment
  • 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
  • Shopping Sprees (supported through a separate HQ program)
    • With the safety of our guests, team members and communities our top priority, 2020 Heroes & Helpers events will be fully virtual. New this year, we’re partnering with local nonprofits and accredited schools who have a deep understanding of the needs in their communities to help facilitate this program across the country. And in an extraordinary year during which so many heroes have stepped forward in remarkable ways, we’re expanding the program to include firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other public safety partners, in addition to law enforcement.


grant invitation process

How is a nonprofit organization considered for public safety grant funding?

All grants are extended by invitation only. Eligible nonprofit organizations interested in being considered for a potential public safety-focused grant should contact their local Target store or distribution center’s Assets Protection team for a meeting to provide information around their program and overall funding request. At the meeting the nonprofit organization should provide the Asset Protection team with information including:

  • A broad overview of the program or initiative they are requesting funds for and how it benefits the community
  • An outline documenting what the requested funds would be used towards
  • How they plan to measure program success (e.g. reporting, participant feedback)
  • The amount of grant funding they are requesting 

Please add to your contact’s list to ensure messages are received.

There are two grant cycles, April and September. All nonprofit organizations selected for potential funding will receive an email from notifying them if their request can be considered. If the organization is being considered for funding, the email will contain an invitation for the organization to apply for a grant. The organization will have 30 days to submit the application. After submission of the online application, a confirmation will be sent to the email address used to create the online grant account. 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.

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.



  • 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


​miscellaneous information

For general questions related to our public safety grants, email 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.

read more grant FAQs here

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