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KidCents Grant FAQs

The Rite Aid Foundation makes KidCents grants to nonprofit organizations that serve children in need and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The primary areas of focus are Healthy Eating and Active Living, Education, and Safe Environment.


  Health Eating and Active Living: Supporting innovative programs that promote healthy children by providing nutrition education and/or physical fitness activities in out-of-school settings.


  Education: Supporting programs that improve the academic outcomes of youth in out-of-school settings.


  Safe Environment: Supporting programs that promote a safe environment for youth in out-of-school settings.

The Foundation’s grant-making is geographically focused in the communities of our headquarters, stores and distribution centers. Refer to the KidCents Grants page for more specific geographic restrictions.


Applications are by invitation only. Refer to the KidCents Grants page for application timing.


To make sure those organizations that submit applications have a high chance of receiving consideration for funding we invite organizations that serve specific communities and that have expertise in our programmatic focus areas.


No. A Rite Aid Foundation representative will contact your organization if information is needed.


  • Nonprofit, exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code;
  • Service area is a community in which Rite Aid has a business presence;
  • Charity has been in existence for at least one year and is in good financial standing.

  • Individuals (requests that benefit one individual or family only);
  • Individuals participating in cause-related events (walks, runs, etc.);
  • Political causes, candidates, campaigns or organizations;
  • Athletic sponsorships (athletes, teams or sporting events);
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes;
  • Programs that send products or people for relief efforts outside the United States;
  • Organizations that discriminate due to age, race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin;
  • Capital or endowment campaigns;
  • Advocacy or research;
  • Contests or pageants;
  • National ceremonies, memorials, conferences, fundraising dinners or similar events; and
  • Higher-education scholarships.

The Rite Aid Foundation KidCents grants are made to eligible nonprofits operating in Rite Aid service areas. Children’s Health & Wellbeing is our primary area of focus. Organizations seeking funding should have a specific focus on promoting healthy children by providing nutrition education and/or physical fitness activities, academic success programming, or a safe environment in out-of-school settings.


Priority will be given to those requests which serve communities in need.       


Because Rite Aid contributes to many local United Way campaigns across the nation, local United Ways are not eligible to apply for additional support from The Rite Aid Foundation.


Due to Rite Aid’s longstanding partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, independent children’s hospitals are ineligible for support from The Rite Aid Foundation.


Non­profit community organizations requesting auction items, merchandise, gift cards, and small community grants should e-mail RiteAidFoundation@RiteAid.com to be connected with the local donations coordinator serving your area.