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How to Request Volunteers and Apply for a Grant

Eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can request volunteers electronically through our Grant Management System. Qualifying nonprofits need to register for an account in order to submit a request and manage events online.

What are the system requirements?

The Grant Management System supports the following Web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 6 or greater
  • Mozilla Firefox 4 or greater
  • Google Chrome

How do I access the system?

You can access the Grant Management System from any device with an internet connection using the following link:


If you have difficulties accessing the system, please check your browser settings and ensure your pop-up blocker is disabled.

How do I register for an account?

To register your nonprofit organization within the Grant Management System:

  1. Go to http://gms.kohls.com.
  2. Click the Register: Nonprofits link in the middle of the page.
  3. You will be presented with two steps.
  4. Click the Search button provided within Step 1. This will open up a search window.
  5. From this page, search for your organization using your Employer Identification Number (EIN) in the Registration # field leaving all other fields blank.
    • If you are unable to find your organization in this search window, click on the Close button provided at the bottom of the window and proceed with Step 2.
      • Clicking on the Continue Search button will open another search window. Although it appears similar to the previous search window and functions in the same manner, this search will run against a secondary database. Enter only your EIN in the EIN # field leaving all other fields blank and click Search.
        1. If no results are found, please confirm your organization is a current
          501(c)(3) nonprofit as defined by the IRS. If your organization is a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please provide a valid copy of your organization's Letter of Determination or I-990 form by emailing it to AssociatesinAction@kohls.com and Kohl's will assist you further. Note: Only valid youth-serving, ages birth to 18 years, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for the program.
  6. Select your organization by clicking on the Organization Name. The majority of the fields are prepopulated with data pulled directly from the IRS, but a few fields can be modified. Proceed with making corrections to the payment address information for the organization if needed.
  7. Complete the Contact Registration information to create your nonprofit user account to access the system.
    • Provide a valid email address which will be your username when you log in.
    • An automatically generated password and other notifications will be sent to this email.
  8. All required fields on the registration page are marked with an asterisk (*). Once you have completed the fields, click Submit.
  9. After you have successfully completed the registration process, you will be directed to a confirmation screen. It can take up to 30 minutes to receive your log-in information depending on your email server. Once you have received your email, you can log in to the Grant Management System site to create, submit and manage your events.

How do I navigate the new Grant Management System?

Once you are logged into the Grant Management System, please reference the eLearning and User Guide in the “Resources” tab. These resources will walk you through the process of submitting a request for volunteers and managing your events electronically at all stages.


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