ALDI Cares Community Grants Eligibility and Guidelines


Applying for support from ALDI? Make sure your organization meets the following requirements:

  • Organizations must be a US based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, public or private K-12 school, or Native American Tribe/Nation
  • Organizations must be able to provide their IRS Form W-9, most recent IRS Form 990 Schedule A and 501(c)(3) certification or equivalent documentation for public entities, schools, and religious organizations.
  • All organizations applying for a community grant must be verified through YourCause prior to applying. We verify all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations through YourCause to confirm they meet all IRS requirements to receive grant. If your organization is not listed or you’re unable to be verified through YourCause, contact YourCause prior to reaching out to ALDI
  • Organizations applying for support must have a primary focus or specific program focused on addressing one of ALDI’s core focuses, Children’s Health & Wellness, Food Insecurity, and supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Organizations must maintain sufficient records of their financial and business activities, which comply with U.S. laws and standards, and they must disclose records from the previous reporting year to ALDI upon request.
  • Programs should demonstrate affordability and sustainability, a lasting impact on the community and a significant and measurable outcome.
  • Organizations receiving contributions must be in compliance with the requirements of the Equal Opportunities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Areas of Funding

ALDI supports three main areas for grant funding. Please review the below categories below to ensure your organization falls within our funding areas.

  • Children’s Health & Wellness: Organizations and causes whose mission is primarily focused on improving the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of youth, 0-18, through education, arts, athletics, or out of/after school programming
  • Food Insecurity: Organizations who are addressing lack of consistent access to quality nutritious foods for a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Organizations committed to breaking down systemic barriers, increasing access to equitable opportunities, advancing racial equality and promoting justice

Every year, ALDI Cares Community Grants is evaluated to ensure the program is making the largest impacts in our core focus areas, and sometimes this means organizations that previously qualified are no longer eligible. While we wish we could support all organizations that apply, the grant program will continue to remain focused on our core focus areas.


  • Applications are accepted into the program between February 1st – December 15th each year.
  • Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Funding requests should be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the date the requested donation is needed.. Applications are reviewed as they are received, and we'll make every effort to review and respond to all requests in a timely manner.
  • Organizations will be able provide supplemental materials related to their application
  • Organizations can only receive funding once per calendar year
  • Organizations that have been denied funding previously may reapply after six months.
  • Even if an organization has received funding in the past, the organization must reapply online
    if they wish to be considered for funding.
  • Organizations will be asked to apply under the ALDI division closest to their location.
  • Find your nearest ALDI store and the division in which it is located.

ALDI Cares Community Grants does not support:

  • Individuals or families. We will not consider donation requests from individuals or families, i.e., for personal assistance, scholarships, stipends, grants, athletic sponsorships or other forms of individual or family support.
  • Political candidates, campaigns, committees, or organizations.
  • Religious activities, in whole or in part, for the purpose of furthering religious doctrine. Faith-based organizations must provide services to all community members regardless of denomination.
  • Research grants.
  • Individual, collegiate, Greek organizations or fraternity-sorority-related events or fundraisers.
  • Organizations must maintain sufficient records of their financial and business activities, which comply with U.S. laws and standards, and they must disclose records from the previous reporting year to ALDI upon request.