Every penny counts. So does every person.

Imagine the change
your change could make.

Enroll in KidCents to round up your purchases at Rite Aid and give the change to programs for kids in our communities.

Rite Aid has long been committed to helping our communities live well. That’s why we’re introducing an easy way for wellness+ members to make a difference.

The Rite Aid Foundation developed KidCents as a way to do even more to help the kids in the communities we serve.

By enrolling in KidCentswellness+ members can automatically round up every purchase to the nearest dollar, giving kids in need a chance for better lives and brighter futures.

Start rounding up today!

Rounding up is easy.
Here's how it works. 

Follow the steps below to enroll in KidCents as a wellness+ member. Once you enroll in the program, every time you shop at a Rite Aid store, your purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar. Then, through KidCents, the change will be donated to programs for kids in our communities.

  • 1.

    Enroll as a wellness+ member.

    Start rounding up today!
  • 2.

    Round up your next purchase at Rite Aid to make your first contribution.
    Your purchases will be automatically rounded up every time you shop using your wellness+ card.

  • 3.

    Check back regularly.
    See how much you have contributed to helping kids in need in your community.

  • 4.

    Tell your friends and family about your decision to round up.
    Let them know how they too can round up for kids. 

Rounding up is easy.
Here's how it works. 

Follow the steps below to enroll in KidCents as a wellness+ member. Once you enroll in the program, every time you shop at a Rite Aid store, your purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar. Then, through KidCents, the change will be donated to programs for kids in our communities.

1.

Enroll as a wellness+ member.

Start rounding up today!
2.

Round up your next purchase at Rite Aid to make your first contribution.
Your purchases will be automatically rounded up every time you shop using your wellness+ card.

3.

Check back regularly.
See how much you have contributed to helping kids in need in your community.

4.

Tell your friends and family about your decision to round up.
Let them know how they too can round up for kids. 

The KidCents Story

Rite Aid has always been committed to helping kids. Through our long-standing support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other Rite Aid Foundation efforts, we have raised and donated over $60 million for kids.

The Rite Aid Foundation has chosen children’s health and well-being as the core focus of our charitable giving. Children truly are the future of our communities, and they deserve and need our support. We believe this focus will enable us to make a meaningful difference in our communities for years to come.

José

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José is a 16-year-old with Down syndrome. He has been coming to Leg Up Farm for Therapeutic Horseback Riding since shortly after the program launched in 2011. José’s enthusiasm for his riding lessons is contagious – delighting both staff and fellow riders. But José is not just having a great time – his balance, coordination, self-confidence, and social interactions have all measurably improved. José has become an independent rider, and his bond with the horses helps to fuel his success. He regularly participates in horse shows, recently earning 1st and 2nd place ribbons in two categories. José is just one of the more than 200 kids who have already been positively affected by Leg Up Farm’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding program.

Eric

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When 8-year-old Eric first began the Cradle Beach SOAR Program three years ago, he was quiet, reserved and fearful of participating in group activities.  After being involved in Project SOAR, his self-confidence has soared as well as his educational achievements. This Buffalo, N.Y., school-based program for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds has had a tremendous impact on Eric – educationally, personally and intellectually. Today, he loves to be part of all sorts of activities and is constantly learning new skills and meeting new friends. Eric’s progress over the past few years is a perfect example of the difference that the Project SOAR's mentoring program makes for children in need throughout Buffalo each year.

Annabeth

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Annabeth was eight months old when her mother noticed she did not respond to her name one morning. Two weeks later, her family learned that Annabeth had congenital bilateral profound hearing loss. Soon she was fitted with hearing aids and began therapy at the Auditory-Verbal Center in Atlanta. She received her first cochlear implant at 12 months and her second four months later – continuing weekly therapy at AVC until she was three. Today, you would never guess she was once without sound.  She comprehends words, sings and dances to any music she hears and out-talks her older brother. She attends regular school as well as ballet class. With the help of the AVC therapists, she is a fearless adventurer ready to take on the world – just one of the thousands of hearing-impaired children given a voice at the Auditory-Verbal Center.

The Rite Aid Foundation supports charities that create fantastic change for kids.

Apply for a KidCents grant from The Rite Aid Foundation.

Apply today!

Download a checklist of everything you'll need to apply.

Your change will make change.
Enroll now to start rounding up.

About The Rite Aid Foundation

At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique wellness needs.

We live this commitment every day in every community we serve. Beyond our stores, we bring our mission to life through thousands of hours of volunteer service every year and through grants from The Rite Aid Foundation.

The Rite Aid Foundation has chosen children’s health and well being as the core focus of our charitable giving. Through our long-standing support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other Rite Aid Foundations efforts, we have raised and donated over $60 million for kids.

Children truly are the future of our communities, and they deserve and need our support. We believe this focus will enable us to make a meaningful difference in our communities for years to come.

Have a question about grants from The Rite Aid Foundation? View our FAQs.

The Rite Aid Foundation FAQs

The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with many nonprofit organizations to improve the health and well-being of children in the communities we serve. While there are many worthwhile programs, The Rite Aid Foundation is unable to support every program. We've provided the following guidelines to help organizations determine if they qualify for funding from The Rite Aid Foundation.

  • 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
  • Primary program focus is the health and well-being of children
  • Program is in existence for at least one year and is in good financial standing

What is not funded through the KidCents program?

Grants awarded by The Rite Aid Foundation do not provide funding for the following:

  • 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)
  • Faith-based organizations, unless the program benefits the entire community
  • Programs that send products or people for relief efforts to a foreign country
  • Programs that discriminate due to age, race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • Contests or pageants
  • Higher-education scholarships
  • General operating expenses

The Rite Aid Foundation reserves the right to adjust eligibility criteria, submission deadlines and notification dates.

How do I know if my organization is eligible to receive a KidCents grant from The Rite Aid Foundation?

To request a charitable contribution, your organization must be:

  • 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
  • Primary program focus is the health and well-being of children
  • Program is in existence for at least one year and is in good financial standing

What is the period covered by a Rite Aid Foundation grant?

All funds must be expended within a year of being awarded.

My 501(c) (3) has a pending status; do I qualify to receive a donation?

No. The Rite Aid Foundation does not fund organizations with a pending 501(c) (3) status. Only organizations that are verified with a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) designation, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, and have been in existence for at least one year are eligible to receive donations.

How do we know if our organization is within the Rite Aid community?

We accept grant requests from organizations that provide services in communities where Rite Aid has a store or distribution center.

When do you accept applications?

The Rite Aid Foundation accepts applications year-round; however, the submission deadlines for our quarterly board meetings are as follows:

  • January 15
  • April 15
  • July 15
  • October 15

May I send the application directly to a Rite Aid representative or another contact at The Rite Aid Foundation?

No. The Rite Aid Foundation only accepts applications online.

What information must be submitted at time of application?

Can I save my application and complete in more than one session?

No. You must complete in one session. You cannot save. Please review the application submission checklist and gather all necessary data and documents before starting the online application process.

Is my Internet browser compatible with The Rite Aid Foundation online grant applications?

Our online grant applications are certified to work with the following internet browser versions:

  • Internet Explorer 8.0 (for PC)
  • Safari 3.0 (for Mac)
  • The latest versions of Firefox & Google Chrome

Do I need to have cookies enabled on my Internet browser?

Yes, in order to take advantage of all the features of the site we recommend having cookies enabled.

Where do I forward my online application?

You will have to answer four questions that will determine if your charity is able to apply for a KidCents grant from the Rite Aid Foundation in order to proceed to the application process. Once the questions are completed online, you will need to click the "Apply now" button at the bottom of the questions to move to the application section. Once the fields of your online application have been submitted, click "Next" to move towards the step where you are required to submit the necessary documentation. Once the documents have been uploaded and the user clicks "Submit," a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you used to create your online grant application account. Please add riteaidfoundation@riteaid.com to your email address book (or friendly senders) to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox.

Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?

Please do not mail any grant requests. The Rite Aid Foundation will only consider online applications.

Are KidCents grants from The Rite Aid Foundation transferable?

KidCents grants are non-transferable.

When will I be contacted about the status of my application?

Our goal is to review and respond to all correctly submitted applications within 90 days of submission.

I applied for a $5,000 grant but only received $2,000. Will I receive the rest of the funds I requested?

Regretfully, we are unable to always provide the full amount of funding requested.

GRANT APPLICATION FORM FIELDS:

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Address
  • Organization Phone Number
  • Contact Person Name
  • Contact Person Title
  • Contact Person Phone Number
  • Contact Email Address
  • Program to Be Funded
  • Brief Program Description (limit it to 500 words)
  • Program Target Audience
  • Number of People Served by Program
  • Date Funding is Required
  • Dates of Program: Beginning & End

Please upload the following:

  • Organization's IRS 501(c)(3) Letter
  • Project or program budget detailing expenses and anticipated income sources
  • Most recent annual report, if applicable, including most recent financial information (i.e. IRS Form 990)
  • List of current donors or current sources of funding
  • List of Board of Directors, including names, titles, and affiliations

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Apply for a KidCents grant from The Rite Aid Foundation.

The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with many nonprofit organizations to improve the health and well-being of children in the communities we serve.

While there are many worthwhile programs, The Rite Aid Foundation is unable to support every program. We’ve provided the following guidelines to help organizations determine if they qualify for funding from The Rite Aid Foundation.

All questions require a response

  • 1. Is your organization a nonprofit, exempt from federal tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code?

    Sorry. You do not meet the qualifications for a grant from The Rite Aid Foundation. Return to KidCents or for a list of qualifications visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • 2. Is your service area a community in which Rite Aid has a place of business?

    Sorry. While we'd like to provide assistance worldwide, your organization must service a community in which Rite Aid has a place of business. If you have a question about Rite Aid locations, visit our store locator.

  • 3. Is your organizations primary focus the health and well-being of children?

    Sorry. While we recognize the benefit of all charitable organizations, The Rite Aid Foundation focuses on the health and well-being of children. We are currently only providing grants to organizations with an aligned focus.

  • 4. Has your program been in existence for at least one year and is in good financial standing?

    Sorry. While Rite Aid recognizes the value of new charitable programs and thank you for your interest, we are currently only able to accept programs that are currently at least one year old and in good financial standing.

  • 5. Have you reviewed our application submission checklist and assembled all the necessary data and documents?

    Please review the checklist to ensure a smooth application process.

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