Target Public Safety Grants

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Community/Public Safety Crime & Justice

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Eligible agencies interested in being considered for a potential public safety-focused grant should contact their local Target store or distribution center’s Assets Protection (AP) team for a meeting to provide information around their program and overall funding request. There are two grant cycles, April and September.

Target Public Safety Grants

Creating safe and secure neighborhoods for our guests and team members is important to us. That’s why we provide public safety-focused funding.


Our public safety grants are managed locally by our Target store and distribution center Assets Protection teams, and are awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations across the country to support crime prevention programs, community safety or youth engagement initiatives.

Funding Focus Areas

What are some of the public safety-related focuses funded through the CEF grant program?

The applying nonprofit organization must submit a proposal focused on crime prevention programs, community safety or youth engagement initiatives in order to qualify for a public safety-focused grant.

  • Community safety initiatives and programs (e.g. bike helmet, car seat safety, child ID events)
  • Community engagement crime prevention programs (e.g. educational materials, stranger danger, social media safety) 
  • Youth programs that strengthen communities by fostering relationships between youth and public safety partners (classroom to careers, after school/summer programs, mentoring, back to school shopping)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or public schools located in the communities where Target has stores or distribution centers are eligible to apply (the organization must be within 100 miles of a Target store or distribution center).


  • Who is not eligible to apply for a public safety-focused grant?
    • Individuals
    • Elected officials
    • Advocacy or research groups
    • Religious groups (for religious purposes)
    • Organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status
    • Organizations with an alternate tax status (e.g. 501(c)(6), 501(c)(8), etc.)
    • Educational institutions (for regular instructional programs)
    • Organizations that are unable to accept and cash a grant check (if awarded)
    • Organizations that do not comply with our non-discrimination policy
    • Law Enforcement Agencies or Fire Departments (Exception: police or fire department foundations are eligible to apply)
  • What are some of the focuses not funded through the public safety grant program?
    • Training
    • Capital or building construction projects  
    • Law enforcement general, specialized or investigative equipment
    • Administrative costs such as staff salaries or travel expenses
    • Endowment campaigns
    • Fundraiser or gala events
    • Software, databases, computers, tablets or related accessories
    • Weapons or weapons-related programs
    • Treatment programs such as substance or alcohol abuse
    • Disaster response (supported through a separate HQ program)
    • Health, recreation, therapeutic programs and living subsidies
    • Expenditures for general equipment or items that are the normal responsibility of the agency (e.g. ballistic vests, radios, cars, handcuffs, etc.)
    • Expenditures for equipment with potential privacy concerns (e.g. drones, license plate readers)
    • National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, testimonials, or other similar events
    • Shopping Sprees (supported through a separate HQ program)


This page was last reviewed October 19, 2020 and last updated October 19, 2020