Walmart Foundation Grant

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Receives a $10.9 Million Grant from the Walmart Foundation to Provide Education and Employment Services for Retail Workers Across the County

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is thrilled to announce a $10.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to help Workforce Development Boards around the country provide education and employment services for retail workers. 

The hospitality/retail sector plays a key role in contributing to the American economy, supporting one in four jobs, which makes driving careers in retail economically responsible, according to the National Retail Federation.
Announced today at the National Association of Workforce Boards' (NAWB) national conference in Washington DC, this is the largest grant yet as part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation's $100 million Opportunity initiative. It is also the largest grant the Partnership has received to date. 
Congratulations to our grantees: 

Workforce Development Board 

Grant Amount 

Estimated Number of People Who Will Benefit 

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Millersville, Md. 


200 participants

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc., Monticello, Minn. 

$300,000 200 participants

Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, Los Angeles, Calif. 

$400,000 325 participants

Denver Workforce Development Board, Denver, Colo 

$422,652 325 participants

Metro North Regional Employment Board, Cambridge, Mass. 

$400,000 200 participants

Center of Workforce Innovations (Northwest Indiana Workforce Board),
Valparaiso, Ind. 

$387,421 200 participants

Philadelphia Works, Philadelphia, Pa. 

$399,430 325 participants

San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, Calif. 

$400,000 325 participants

The WorkPlace, Bridgeport, Conn. (Southwestern Connecticut Regional Workforce Development Board) 

$400,000 200 participants

Workforce Snohomish, Everett, Wash. 

$314,180 200 participants

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