The Official Rules can be found here.
Program is open to non-profit organizations with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status with services benefiting Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. The following groups / organizations are ineligible to receive funding: current Kohl’s Hometown partners, 2022 Kohl’s Hometown Giving grant recipients, schools (including school districts, colleges, universities, PTA’s, Foundations, alumni associations), daycares, health clinics/health care centers, religious congregations*, religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization, clinical and/or research programs, fundraiser or gala events, endowment campaigns, elected officials, athletic teams, or events/programs.

*For the avoidance of doubt a religious congregation (e.g. a church, synagogue, mosque) may not apply for or receive grant funds unless they are applying in support of a non-sectarian program with an individual EIN number.

Please refer to the Official Rules for complete details.
Associates of Kohl’s, and immediate family and household members of such individuals cannot apply for grant monies on behalf of an Organization. Without limitation, an employee, officer or director of Organization or of any entity with a commercial/business relationship of any kind with Organization cannot be the immediate family or household member of an Associate of Kohl’s; the preceding includes but is not limited to the Application Contact him/herself.

Please refer to the Official Rules for complete details.
Yes, even if your organization registered and applied in past years, all organizations are required to create a new account through our system beginning August 14 2023. This must be completed by the assigned Application Contact. The Application Contact must be a person with supervisory responsibility over matters of organization policy who will be responsible for submitting the application and all future communications regarding the program.
If your organization was a recipient of a grant from the 2022 Kohl’s Hometown Giving then you will not be eligible to receive funding in 2023. If your organization has received funding from Kohl’s Hometown Giving program prior to 2022, your organization will be eligible to apply in 2023.
An organization with a pending 501(c)(3) status is not eligible to apply for a grant.
If you have forgotten your password, click the ‘Login’ button on the homepage. Next click ‘Forgot Password’ and enter the email address you used to register. Your password will then be emailed to you.
You can save your work and complete it at another time by logging in to your account before the deadline (5pm CT on August 25, 2023).
Eligible organizations can apply for a maximum of one (1) grant valued between $5,000 (minimum) and $25,000 (maximum). Awarded grants are a one-time donation.
No, applications are only accepted through our online portal.
The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system is used by the IRS and NCCS to classify nonprofit organizations. You can find a full list here.
Unrestricted funding is financial support that a nonprofit can use to support their mission in any way. When funders give to nonprofits but require that their contributions be used only for specific projects, that is classified as restricted funding.
You will receive an email indicating your application’s status no later than October 10, 2023; the email will indicate whether or not your application has been approved. Be sure to add and to your Safe Sender’s List to ensure receipt of all Program emails. If your application is approved, the email will include instructions on how to sign a Grant Acceptance Form (this form will also be available the next time you log-in to your account). You must complete the Grant Acceptance Form prior to October 20, 2023 before your grant can be confirmed. For the avoidance of doubt, an "Application Approved" email does not mean you are confirmed to receive the grant for which you applied; upon receipt and approval of your Grant Acceptance Form your grant will be confirmed, and you will receive a separate confirmation email.
When you log-in to your Account scroll down; if the application was submitted successfully, the status will be listed as "Submitted Awaiting Review." You will receive an email in mid-November indicating whether or not your grant has been confirmed.
When you log-in to your Account, select "View Application," if the form was submitted successfully, the status will be listed as "Submitted For Review." You will then be notified by October 20, 2023 indicating whether or not your grant has been confirmed.
Kohl’s reserves the right, due to available grant money thresholds for categories, or other reasons to award grant money to organizations only in part.
Grant monies will be distributed to approved Organizations in late October/ early November 2023. If you do not complete the Grant Acceptance Form, or if you do not receive confirmation that your Grant Acceptance Form has been reviewed and approved (by October 20, 2023), you may NOT receive grant monies.
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