ALDI Cares Community Grants
ALDI is a part of the community. Responsibility means making a positive contribution to the community by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving Children’s Health & Wellness and combating Food Insecurity. For organizations whose mission or core programs meet these pressing issues head on, ALDI provides financial contributions and donations of products or gift cards.
Through ALDI Cares Community Grants, we partner with nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Whether your mission is to support children through education, arts, athletics or addressing food insecurity in your local community, we encourage you to apply for support from ALDI Cares Community Grants.
Ready to get started? When you apply, you’ll need to know which ALDI Division you’re located in, since our giving decisions are determined on a regional basis. Click the "Division Locator" tile below to find your division!
Eligibility and Guidelines
Ready to submit your application? First, check our guidelines and eligibility requirements to make sure your organization qualifies.
We partner with local nonprofit organizations where ALDI stores are located to help support the community. These include K-12 schools, fire and police departments and faith-based organizations.
Ready to get started? Before you apply, you’ll need to know which ALDI Division you’re located in, since our giving decisions are determined on a regional basis.
How to Apply
Does your organization inspire kids to be active and healthy? Apply for the ALDI Cares Community Grants program to be considered for additional funding.
Q: What is ALDI Cares Community Grants?
A: Through ALDI Cares Community Grants, we partner with nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Whether your mission is to support children through education, arts, athletics or addressing food insecurity in your local community, we encourage you to apply for support from ALDI Cares Community Grants.
Q: Previously, we requested funds from an ALDI store. Can I still go directly to the store for a donation?
A: No, all organizations must use the ALDI Cares Community Grants online portal to submit an application. Requests submitted outside the online portal will not be considered for support.
Q: Who do we contact if we have questions regarding the application?
A: Email us with your inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is checked regularly, and you’ll usually receive a response within a few business days. Questions regarding your organization’s status or availability within YourCause should be directed to YourCause.
Q: We have an E.I.N. number but we are not a 501(c)(3). Can we still apply?
A: ALDI only supports 501(c)(3) organizations as well as K-12 public and private schools and churches that serve the community at large, regardless of community members’ religious affiliation.
Q: I have a start-up nonprofit, can I apply for funding?
A: Yes! ALDI will review all 501(c)(3) nonprofit requests, regardless of how long they’ve been operating.
Q: My 501(c)(3) has a pending status; do I qualify to receive a donation?
A: No. ALDI 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.
Q: Can I apply for support from ALDI if I have a personal or individual need?
A: No. ALDI Cares Community Grants is only for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations as well as K-12 public and private schools and churches that serve the community. It does not provide support to individuals or families.
Q: My organization received support from ALDI last year. Can we apply for support in the current year?
A: Yes! You can apply for support on an annual basis, or once per calendar year.
Q: I have two projects that I would like to submit for ALDI support. Can I submit more than one proposal for review?
A: No. Due to the high volume of requests ALDI receives, we can only accept one application per organization.
Q: My organization is based in an ALDI community, but our work is out of the country. Can I still apply?
A: No, all organizations must serve people directly within our communities.
Q: Since I’ve received support from ALDI for several years, do I still need to apply?
A: Yes. All support is valid for one year only and must be requested annually.
Q: When are the deadlines to apply for support?
A: ALDI accepts applications between February 1st – December 15th each year.
Q: How will I know if my support request has been received?
A: After you submit your request online, you’ll receive a confirmation email. After our team reviews your request, you’ll receive a response from ALDI via email on the status of your request.
Q: What happens if we do not use the money awarded to us?
A: All unused support must be returned to ALDI unless permission is given to use it for another purpose.
Q: How long after submitting an application will I get a response?
A: We review all applications thoroughly and will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner. You can always check the status of your application through the online portal.
Q. Do we need to submit our IRS exemption letter?
A. We strongly recommend attaching your IRS exemption letter to your application; however, it is not required.
Q. Do we need to submit our W-9 form?
A. We recommend submitting your most recent W-9; however, it is not required.
Q. What should I do if I am not sure which division I should select on our application?
A. Please use the Store Locator to look up your nearest store address. If you need assistance, you can view an example of how to find your division here.
Q: Should I attach brochures, letters of support, newspaper articles or other pieces of information to my proposal?
A: If you have any additional collateral materials that you think will strengthen your proposal, you may attach the documents to the application. Please do not send attachments by email.
Q: Is there a preferred file format for attachments?
A: We strongly prefer PDF documents for all attachments, especially for Excel spreadsheets, but all file formats are accepted.
Q: Should we send ALDI a copy of our request or any additional documentation?
A: No, we don’t need copies of your request. Any additional information you’d like to share with us should be submitted with your request as an attachment.
Q: May I send a copy of my application directly to an ALDI employee or another contact at ALDI?
A: No, ALDI only accepts applications through ALDI Cares Community Grants. Mailed applications will not be considered.
Q: What organizations does ALDI support?
A: We support local organizations in ALDI communities where we have stores, warehouses, offices and conduct business, with a primary focus on improving Children’s Health & Wellness, and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs.
Q: Does ALDI support events?
A: Yes! ALDI may support events in our communities and priority is given to events focused on improving Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Please submit any requests for event support at least eight weeks prior to event.
Q: What types of funding donations can I request?
A: Applicants may request either cash or ALDI gift cards. You can request your preferred funding type through the online application.
Q: Does ALDI donate food products that would normally get thrown away?
A: ALDI partners with food banks in the Feeding America network to donate food products that are still safe to eat but are outside of our “sell by” parameters. We don’t donate this product to individuals or organizations who aren’t members of Feeding America.
Q: What are the focus areas for ALDI support?
A: ALDI Cares Community Grants focuses improving Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity, while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Some examples include: physical activity, nutrition, education, the arts, food drives, and food relief programs.
Q: What is an appropriate amount to ask for?
A: ALDI approves requests for gift cards or donations ranging in value from $100 to $5,000.
Q: I applied for support but only received a portion of the request. Will I receive the rest of the funds?
A: We make every effort to support as many organizations as possible. Sometimes this means we are only able to provide a portion of the funds requested.
Q: Is support provided over multiple years?
A: ALDI typically awards support once per year.