The Big Lots Foundation, the charitable arm of the national retailer Big Lots, invests in partnerships aimed at improving and enriching the lives of families and children.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications from programs in the areas of health care, housing, hunger, and education, with a focus on those serving women and children. Proposals in the following categories will be considered:
Health care — Programs that improve health care through research and education; provide preventative education and care; and/or provide affordable critical medical care.
Housing — Programs that prevent families or individuals from losing their homes; provide affordable, stable housing; and/or provide emergency shelter for families and individuals.
Hunger — Programs that provide nutritious food or meals, provide emergency food assistance, and/or educate families or individuals about the importance of healthy eating.
Education — Programs that provide a service-learning curriculum aligned with education standards; promote servant leadership through academic and experiential learning; and/or improve classroom learning outcomes through innovation.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be located in communities where Big Lots operates stores or distribution centers (Columbus, Ohio; Tremont, Pennsylvania; Durant, Oklahoma; Montgomery, Alabama; Rancho Cucamonga, California), or where it has its corporate office (Columbus, Ohio).