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Donation Requests

Big Lots invests in partnerships that improve and enrich the lives of families and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind. Significant partnership projects and capital requests are by invitation only.

To be eligible to apply for a gift, an organization must:

Be a 501(c)3 public nonprofit charity as sanctioned by the IRS;

Serve areas where we operate stores, distribution centers, or our corporate office (Columbus, Ohio);

To view a complete list of guidelines click here.

Please note that we have two grant request deadlines per year. Complete grant applications will only be considered by the deadlines provided.

Fall - Winter Request deadline:

July 1, 2017 at Midnight PST

Organizations will be notified of their application status in September 2017

Spring - Summer Request deadline:

January 1, 2018 at Midnight PST

Organizations will be notified of their application status in March 2018

Visit our application to get started with your request.

Big Lots Foundation accepts requests for organizations affecting:



Providing nutritious food or meals
Providing emergency food assistance
Educating families or individuals about the importance of healthy eating



Preventing families or individuals from losing their housing
Providing affordable, stable housing
Providing emergency shelter for families and individuals



Improving healthcare through research and education
Providing preventative education and care
Providing affordable, critical medical care



Providing service-learning curriculum that aligns with education standards
Promoting servant leadership through academic and experiential learning
Improving classroom learning outcomes through innovation

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