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Grants for Organizations Serving Veterans

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by Meredith Noble
July 4th
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.

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

https://dvnf.org/

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 our 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

https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/grants/

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 join 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

https://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/newmans-own-grant/

Infinite Hero Foundation 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-$50,000

Deadlines: Letters of intent accepted between January 1st and June 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

http://infinitehero.org/grants/

Tips for Veteran Grants!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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