Wawa Foundation: Financial Grants - Local Connection Grants (Grants less than $2,500)

Wawa Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $250 - US $2,500

Fields of work: Health & Medicine Food Access & Hunger Military & Veterans Services Firefighting & Fire Prevention Police & Law Enforcement Search & Rescue

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey Show all

Location of residency: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey Show all

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The Wawa Foundation provides financial grants on a local, regional and national level ensuring that our commitment extends from the local communities Wawa serves to the regional footprint Wawa occupies in the mid-Atlantic and Florida. Only registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Wawa’s six-state area are eligible to apply. Organizations must fall into The Wawa Foundation’s three key areas of focus: Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes.

Wawa Local Connection Grants

Financial grants less than $2,500 are available to local non-profit organizations. After submitting an online inquiry, you should hear back from a representative from The Wawa Foundation within 4 weeks. Local connection grant inquiries are considered on an ongoing basis while budgeted funds last. Once the budget is reached, further inquiries will be declined for the current year and encouraged to re-apply for the following year.

Areas of Focus

The Wawa Foundation is committed to Building Stronger Communities by championing life-saving research and care for people in need, leading hunger relief efforts and supporting the heroes making a difference every day.


The Wawa Foundation will provide funding to organizations committed to saving and improving lives in the communities Wawa serves. Specifically, The Wawa Foundation will support programs dedicated to Championing Life-saving Research & Care for People in Need by:

  • Providing grants to hospitals with a focus on pediatric institutions
  • Funding research
  • Supporting care and comfort Initiatives

Wawa’s founding family, the Wood family, began the culture of giving back to its communities by supporting the growth and expansion of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia® and Riddle Memorial Hospital in the 1960s. Wawa leadership has continued the practice of serving and helping institutions that serve their communities.


The Wawa Foundation will play a leading role in hunger relief in the communities Wawa serves. To achieve this, we will support programs that enable us to Lead Hunger Relief Efforts by:

  • Providing food donations to local pantries daily through Wawa Share
  • Improving access to food through financial grants
  • Enabling Feeding America Food Banks to reach more communities through annual in-store campaigns

Standing up in the fight against hunger drives us each and every day. Wawa’s origins as a dairy and establishment as a food retailer compel us to continue this fight…and win.


The Wawa Foundation is committed to Supporting the Heroes Making a Difference Every Day by:

  • Showing appreciation and care to our military, veterans, first responders and other heroes in our local communities 
  • Enhancing the education and mentoring of at-risk youth in grades K-12.
  • Supporting heroes through crisis response, blood drives, and volunteering

Wawa is committed to being there when our communities need us the most, so it’s natural for us to lend a helping hand to those who serve and protect and who inspire our youth or enrich our education system.

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


  • Wawa provides financial support for charitable events organized by qualified charitable organizations.
  • Only registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Wawa’s six-state area are eligible to apply. 


  • The Wawa Foundation does not provide grants or other resources for any of the following:
    • Individuals
    • Private charity or private foundations
    • Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and not eligible for tax‐deductible support
    • Religious organizations, unless the particular program will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation
    • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
    • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
    • Sports sponsorships or performing arts


This page was last reviewed September 21, 2021 and last updated September 07, 2020