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Grants for Organizations Serving Veterans

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by Meredith Noble
November 11thth
Grants for organizations serving Veterans

Veterans – thank you for your service.

As we think about the sacrifices Veterans (and their families) have made for us on this day, the team at Learn Grant Writing wanted to share a few grant opportunities for organizations serving Veterans. We will close with a few tips on how to evaluate a funding opportunity to determine if it is worth pursuing because we’re aiming to be both effective and efficient with our time.

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Disabled Veterans National Foundation Capacity Building Grants

The Capacity Building Grants provide support to our nation’s veterans. These grants are awarded to organizations around the country who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.

Grant Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadlines: Deadline for Letter of Intent, February (annually). Deadline for full proposals, March (annually). See website for precise deadlines- updated annually.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Bob Woodruff Foundation Charitable Investments Grant Program

The Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in programs that support post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and caregivers. Proposals must fall within one (or more) of three core areas in order to be considered: 1) Education and Employment, 2) Rehabilitation and Recovery, or 3) Quality of Life.

Grant Amount: Unspecified

Deadlines: Check out their website for updated deadlines and funding opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Fisher House Foundation Newman’s Own Awards

Every day, service members, veterans, and their families rise to the challenge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while facing the unique trials that come with having dedicated their lives in service to our nation. These families often face long deployments and separation, and many must cope with the long-term effects associated with service.

Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times have joined together in presenting $200,000 in grants to the most creative military quality of life improvement plans.

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadlines: Applications must be submitted in April (annually). Check their website for updates on the next round and precise dates.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Infinite Hero Foundation Grant Program

Since its inception in 2012, Infinite Hero Foundation has awarded more than $3 million dollars in funding and support to seventeen different veteran service organizations offering innovative and effective programs or treatments for service-related mental and physical injuries. IHF invests in and partners with like-minded organizations that create cutting edge technologies, methods, practices, or products which advance the front lines of combat against the mental and/or physical challenges faced by military heroes and their families.

Grant Amount: Between $25,000-$100,000

Deadlines: Letters of intent accepted between January 1st and July 1st. Full proposals due by September 15th. Check their site for updates on funding and future deadlines.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


National Children’s Alliance: Program of Children’s Advocacy Center Services for Military Families

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) provide a coordinated response to victims of child abuse through multidisciplinary teams composed of representatives from the statutorily mandated and other involved agencies. NCA is seeking to fund pilot projects that support local CACs to identify, develop, and operationalize best practices to help military installations address cases of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance, under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will administer $472,000 in federal funds for coordination of Children’s Advocacy Center Services for Military Installations through this RFP.

Applicants must be existing Children’s Advocacy Centers, Multidisciplinary Teams or entities in the process of establishing a CAC. Applicants that are NCA Accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers must have in place a task force/steering committee or multidisciplinary team made up of appropriate parties including representatives from local law enforcement, child welfare, prosecution, medical, and mental health that meets at least quarterly.

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadlines: November (annually). Refer to the funder’s website for specific deadlines.

Eligibility: Must be a public entity or private, not-for-profit entity.


Overwatch Alliance Grants

Overwatch Alliance has the honor of providing cover to our nation's heroes at home. We understand their struggles and support organizations dedicated to helping them heal, wherever they are. Overwatch Alliance supports military charities healing our nation’s heroes. Overwatch Alliance awards grants to non-profit organizations with Total Annual Revenues of $500,000 or less who provide services to active military, veterans, and their families.

Grant Amount: up to $15,000

Deadlines: Check out their website for updated deadlines and funding opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Robert Irvine Foundation Grants

The Robert Irvine Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that honors the men and women defending our country, first responders and the many other heroes in our lives. The Foundation's mission is to support individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our heroes and their families. The Robert Irvine Foundation’s primary focus is on giving-back and supporting our military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) and first responders through morale and welfare programs, in addition to financial support of properly vetted Veterans' Organizations.

Grant Amount: Unspecified

Deadlines: Rolling. Check their website for updated deadlines and funding opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Veterans Support Foundation Grants

Established in 1991, Veterans Support Foundation was founded by and for veterans. The organization is committed to serving the unaddressed needs of today’s veterans and their families. VSF provides funding in the form of grants supporting veteran related projects throughout the United States. VSF funds grassroots start up projects that directly affect veterans and perhaps their families.

Projects that prove beneficial to veterans and develop a track record of providing needed services and/or performance will be considered for funding in subsequent years. VSF gives priority to matching fund projects.

Grant Amount: Unspecified

Deadlines: Applications are accepted October-March. Check their website for updated deadlines and funding opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


Heroes and Horsemanship Grant Program

Parelli Foundation’s Heroes and Horsemanship Initiative is a grant program supporting non-profit therapeutic organizations serving veterans, active members of the military, first responders and their families. The Foundation has a mission to help those who protect our country by extending their access to horses and natural horsemanship education. It is well established that Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) has been helpful to many veterans and first responders as they deal with the extreme conditions associated with armed conflict and their careers.

In addition to its regular Therapeutic Horsemanship grant cycle, the Parelli Foundation offers a special grant cycle each year to support non-profit Therapeutic Horsemanship organizations currently providing innovative and industrious ways to pair veterans, active military, first responders and/or their family members with horses using natural horsemanship methods.

Grant Amount: Unspecified

Deadlines: April (annually). Check their website for updated deadlines and funding opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit


NAVSO Pay it Forward Grant

NAVSO only exists because other nonprofits invested in the organization. Now, they’re paying it forward to nonprofits. Delivering quality programs to veterans and military families is tough work that takes a lot of resources. NAVSO is committed to helping your organization succeed. This grant funding is for organizations seeking funds for a program or service that directly supports veterans, service members and/or their families.

Grant Amount: $5,000 check and $5,000 worth of services designed to help you win more grants

Deadlines: Letters of intent accepted between January 1st and July 1st. Full proposals due by September 15th. Check their site for updates on funding and future deadlines.

Eligibility: Must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Represent a paid NAVSO member nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization (individuals are not eligible)
  • Must have been incorporated for more than 1 years as of December 1, 2018


Tips for Veteran Grants!

  • A resource we are loving right now is this guide to start a small business as a Veteran entreprenuer. In this guide, they talk about the best grants, loans, and training resources for Veteran business owners.
  • Check the Foundation’s giving history via their 990 tax form. You can access this information through a membership with Instrumentl or the Foundation Center. We have an entire blog post covering how to strategically utilize 990s — check it out here!
  • Be sure to calculate competitiveness. We look for opportunities with at least a 20% chance of award.
  • Talk to the funding agency directly! Share your project and ask if they think it’s a good programmatic fit. If they are lukewarm, move on to another funding source. There are always other opportunities!
  • First look for funding opportunities in your local community or region. You’re more likely to be successful on those pursuits than a highly competitive national competition.
  • Remember to avoid chasing grants haphazardly by developing a Funding Strategy first.

Again, thank you Veterans for all you have done for us and to the organizations that give back on behalf of all of us.

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