Community Grants Program

The Western Digital Foundation awards community grants to nonprofit organizations and schools via a competitive application process. Due to the number of requests, we have set forth guidelines and policies that we ask requestors to review prior to application. Grant applications are considered twice each year and only online applications are accepted.

Grants are available for programs in geographical locations where we operate business units.

Grants are focused on three key areas of interest:

  • Education with a strong emphasis on the STEM initiative.
  • Basic Needs with a strong emphasis on providing “a hand up rather than a hand out” to reduce and prevent homelessness.
  • Civic & Community with an emphasis on environmental preservation, services to veterans, and programs that contribute to the betterment of local communities.

Proposals are reviewed by Western Digital Corporation employee committees at each location site for recommendation of denial or approval and Western Digital Foundation makes the final recommendation.

If an organization wishes to be considered for a community grant, they must meet the eligibility requirements under Grant Guidelines and apply via an online application.

The Foundation offers two application periods per year with deadlines on January 15th and July 15th.  Community grant awards are limited to one per organization, per year. Organizations receiving three consecutive years of funding will be required to cycle out for one year before applying for additional funding.

Please review our Grant Guidelines before applying.

Grant Guidelines

I. Criteria

WDC requires that non-profit organizations and schools seeking support from WDC or any of its subsidiaries meet specific criteria to be considered for support:

  • Have programs servicing the population in one of the following geographical areas:
    • Orange County, CA
    • Santa Clara County, CA
    • Alameda County, CA
    • Boulder County, CO
    • Olmsted County, MN
  • Be a tax-exempt non-profit organization
  • Show program capability, sound fiscal policies, responsible management, and evidence of long-range planning and effective use of volunteers
  • Have a competent, active board of directors or similar governing body providing sound policies and guidance to the organization and its members
  • Produce a budget, financial statements and a plan for funding beyond the period covered by the proposed contribution
  • Show a method of evaluating the results of the proposed project
  • Provide most recent IRS Form 990

In addition, we require:

  • The charity is not being recommended by a foreign official
  • The charity is not owned/operated by a foreign official or close relative
  • There are no deals that are contingent (either in fact or in appearance) upon the granting of the charitable aid
  • Normal due diligence has been conducted to verify that the charity is legitimate and reputable, and financially stable
  • The charity’s mission is consistent with the philanthropic priorities of the Western Digital Corporation (Education, Basic Needs, Civic and Community)

The Western Digital Foundation reserves the right to make funding and contribution decisions within its sole and absolute discretion and may alter these criteria without notice at any time.

II. Limitations and Exclusions

Western Digital’s charitable contributions are not automatically renewing in nature. If an organization receiving current or previous support from Western Digital desires additional funding, it must submit a new grant request. Such requests will be evaluated in relation to other submitted requests and budgetary considerations at the time of the new request, and may not be approved.

The Foundations will not provide grants or other charitable contributions under circumstances that are not permitted by or conflict with the policies of the Western Digital Corporation or the Western Digital Foundation, applicable law, or budgetary considerations, which include but are not limited to requests made by the following:

  • Individuals
  • Customers or other business partners/providers
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual preference, disability, age, or national origin
  • Grant-making foundations
  • Political organizations
  • Organizations failing to meet Western Digital’s corporate standards for ethical operation and social value

III. Anti-Bribery and Corruption

As discussed more fully in Western Digital’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy (the “Policy”), which is available by request, Western Digital is committed to winning business through honest competition in the global marketplace.  We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption wherever we operate and enforce effective systems to prevent it.

Accordingly, Western Digital and its officers, employees, agents, contractors and all others who perform services on its behalf are prohibited from promising, authorizing, giving or offering money, a financial or other advantage, or anything of value directly or indirectly to (a) a Public Official (as that term is defined under the Policy) with the intention of influencing that official and with the intention of obtaining or retaining business or any business advantage, or (b) a private person with the intention of inducing that person to perform his or her functions improperly where those functions are expected to be performed in good faith, impartially, or in circumstances where the person is in a position of trust. No cash, cash equivalents, or anything of value can be provided to a Public Official on behalf of Western Digital. Any contribution or support involving a Public Official, government agency or government institution requires the approval of the Western Digital Legal Department.

Grant Application

Western Digital, under the leadership of CEO Steve Milligan, believes in our responsibility to be a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate, and a steward of our world's resources. The quality of life and education, the well-being of our employees and their families, and the economic health of our society are of vital interest to Western Digital. As a corporation, we support organizations that improve education, support basic human needs, as well as programs protecting the environment and our communities.

If you are a non-profit organization seeking a grant from Western Digital, we strongly encourage you to review our full guidelines and funding priorities prior to submitting a grant application. In addition, you may want to be prepared with the following documentation, which you will need to upload into our online application:

  • Budgets for your organization and for the program for which you are seeking funding
  • Financial reports which include income and expenses for the last two years
  • The organization’s most recent IRS Form 990
  • List of the board of directors, or board of trustees, and their affiliations
  • List of current corporate sponsors

The application for our next grant cycle will be available on June 1, 2016. As of that date, you will be able to access the application by clicking here:

Western Digital Community Grants Application
Please be aware that clicking this link will navigate you away from the Western Digital corporate website

Applications must be submitted through our online system by 5:00pm PST on July 15, 2016. Paper applications are no longer accepted by the Western Digital Foundation. We look forward to receiving your application.

We suggest that you check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information on the Western Digital Community Grants Program.