ALDI Smart Kids  ∫ National Endowment for Democracy ∫  W. W. Smith Charitable Trust  ∫  Kahlert Foundation 

ALDI Smart Kids
Deadline: December 15, 2022

ALDI accepts applications to their Smart Kids initiative. They partner with organizations that make a positive impact on kids’ health and wellness. Nonprofits with a mission to support kids through education, arts, athletics or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy, are encourages to apply.

Applicants must be located within geographic areas where ALDI has stores, offices or warehouses and conducts business. ALDI locations can be found here:

Applicant organizations must qualify as one of the following:

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • Public funded service agency, such as police or fire.
  • Public or private K-12 school.
  • Faith-based organizations that benefit children in the community.

General Guidelines

  • Requests should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the date the requested donation is needed to allow time for application review and payment processing. 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 that have been denied funding previously may reapply after six months.
  • Organizations that are currently receiving funding may apply for continued funding for the same program or different programming on an annual basis, but must complete a new online application each time.
  • Organizations may be asked 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.
  • ALDI may request site visits to review community investments.

Applications for support from the ALDI Smart Kids program are accepted between February 1st – December 15th each year.

National Endowment for Democracy

December 19, 2022


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private foundation dedicated to developing and strengthening democratic institutions worldwide.

The organization’s grants program awards grants averaging $50,000 to support non-governmental organizations—including civic organizations, associations, and independent media—dedicated to advancing democratic goals and strengthening democratic institutions.

NED is interested in proposals from nonpartisan programs that aim to promote and defend human rights and the rule of law, support freedom of information and independent media, strengthen democratic ideas and values, promote accountability and transparency, strengthen civil society organizations, strengthen democratic political processes and institutions, promote civic education, support democratic conflict resolution, promote freedom of association, and maintain a broad-based market economy.

NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments, including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies, and countries undergoing democratic transitions.

For complete program guidelines and application information, see the National Endowment for Democracy website.

W. W. Smith Charitable Trust
Deadline: December 15, 2022

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust awards grants to nonprofits that provide direct assistance to those in the community who need food, clothing or shelter.

The Trust prioritizes requests that benefit disadvantaged and vulnerable children and older adults.

Use of Funds

  • Funds must be used to address food, clothing and/or shelter needs of children or seniors living within the Trust’s targeted geographic region.
  • Food: Allowable uses of grant funds for food include perishable and nonperishable food, produce, baby food and formula, prepackaged or prepared meals, related supplies or equipment deemed essential for food distribution program, grocery gift cards and vouchers.
  • Clothing: Allowable uses of grant funds for clothing include direct purchase of clothing for children or older adults, clothing gift cards or vouchers.
  • Shelter: Allowable uses of grant funds for shelter include home furniture for clients (e.g., beds, cribs), housing payments or utility bills paid directly to vendor, materials for home repair programs, supplies or items (e.g., furniture, equipment, appliances) deemed essential for the provision of emergency shelter, transitional housing, or other residential programs for children or seniors.
  • Facilities Improvements: Allowable uses of grants funds for facilities improvements include facilities renovations or repairs that directly impact clients’ ability to access and benefit from a food program (e.g., pantry) or housing services (e.g., emergency shelter, transitional housing).
  • If you have a basic needs program with costs that are outside of what is listed in these guidelines, the Trust welcomes inquiries.


  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in existence for more than one (1) year are eligible to apply.
  • The organization must have an established service location within the five-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) or the City of Camden, NJ.
  • Grants are awarded for a one (1) year term. Organizations that receive three (3) consecutive years of funding must then wait two (2) years before being eligible to reapply. We make this determination based on the calendar year of your notice of award.
  • The minimum award is $5,000. There is no maximum award limit. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $40,000.

Kahlert Foundation
January 1, 2023

The Kahlert Foundation has five main areas of focus: health care, youth programs, education, veteran organizations, and human services in the Mid-Atlantic area and Utah. Funding is intended to improve organizations’ capacity to make a positive impact on the local communities and their citizen

Health Care–Funding is made to hospitals, hospice & palliative care, and organizations providing free physician exams & medicine for uninsured and under-insured people. The foundation also supports health care research including cancer, urology, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Health care represents the largest portion of funding, accounting for about 50% of grants.

Youth Programs–The Foundation supports a wide variety of youth programs which include education, after school programs, mentorship, and health care.

Education–The foundation supports K-12 public education with an emphasis on higher education. Grants are typically for scholarships and student assistance with a current focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

Veterans–Areas of focus include medical care, research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), housing, scholarships, and financial assistance.

Human Services–The Foundation supports programs that focus on helping individuals improve their own lives. Areas of grants include food banks, housing, elderly, literacy, and health & wellness.​


  • Organizations must submit their 501(c)(3) document under the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations must have a minimum “C” rating with Charity Watch but we have a strong preference for an “A” or “B” rating. The minimum rating for Charity Navigator is 3 stars. The Kahlert Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that spend a high percentage of their funds on programs and service, not administration and fund raising.