Target Corporation is the second biggest retailer in the US headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The corporation has approximately 1,950 locations in 49 states (there are no locations in Vermont). Each year Target is giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, focusing on charitable activities in the following areas:
- Education and field trips;
- Social Services;
- Public Safety.
Nonprofit organizations from all over the country whose exempt purpose is to prevent crime, train and educate law enforcement and support youth programs are eligible to apply for a public safety grant. In 2013 program Target Corporation donated more than $200,000 to agencies in approximately 200 communities across the U.S. to help kids in need to buy holiday gifts for their families while developing relationships with local law enforcement.
In order to be eligible for Target grants, the organization must serve the geographic areas where the company operates. Thus, if there is a Target store within 100 miles, the organization is eligible for Target grants.
Target provides grants only to 501c3 approved organizations; nonprofit organizations that are in the process of applying for 501c3 and their status is currently pending are not eligible to apply. The application for Target grants is available online only.
A portion of the Target grants are provided to organizations, serving in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2012, Target Corporation awarded nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities specializing in arts and social services with grants totaling more than $9.3 million. Since 1997, with the help of Target REDcard™ holders, the company has donated $418 million to local K-12 schools through Take Charge of Education Program. In 2014, more than 84,000 schools received sponsorship through Take Charge of Education totaling more than $31 million in donations.
More information about deadlines for applying and specifics is available at: http://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants.