The Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring military members and their families effectively reintegrate into their communities. Grants made within this portfolio emphasize programs focused on workforce development, physical and mental health, and the elimination of barriers to a variety of services.
Men and women who have served our nation with honor should be seen as assets whose extraordinary experience uniquely prepares them to strengthen their communities.
- While all grant applications will be considered, preference will be given to organizations serving veterans and their families in Maryland, Greater Chicago, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
The Foundation will consider support for programs assisting veterans and their spouses as they make a smooth transition to the workforce. Such services may include translating military skills into credentials or bridging the training gap between military service and civilian life.
Physical and Mental Health
The Foundation will consider support for programs assisting veterans experiencing catastrophic injuries or post-traumatic stress. Such services may include mental health counseling, home rehabilitation, or peer support programs.
The Foundation will consider support for programs that address or remove barriers for veterans (discharge status or legal issues), which may contribute to instability, poverty, or other negative outcomes. Such services may allow the individual to access housing, employment, medical care, and benefits never before available to the individual or family.
Programs focused on homelessness should continue to seek grants under the Basic Human Needs portfolio. Please visit the Basic Human Needs page here.
Capital grants, Program grants, and General Operating Support grants will be accepted within this funding area. While grants may be made nationally, priority will be given to organizations serving veterans and their families in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements before applying:
- 501(c)(3) or 509(a) tax status (for at least three years).
- Organization must be able to provide audited financials.
- The majority of participants must be veterans or spouses of military members.
- Programs must be focused on building self-sufficiency among military families.
- Programs must be focused on re-integrating veterans back into the community through efforts discussed above.
We are not able to provide grants for post-secondary programming or scholarships, and academic or health research.
Your First Step in the Grants Process is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Grants are made in one of three categories: General Operating Support, Program Support, Capital Project.
- Each type of grant requires its own specific LOI.
- The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days.
In addition to the completed LOI application, your LOI should also answer the following questions:
- Which goal under “Veterans’ Funding” best fits the grant request, and how does the proposed project further that goal?
- How does your organization measure success? What outcomes from the past year demonstrate your organization/program success?
- How many participants complete the program on an annual basis? What is the cost per participant for each program?
- Where are the majority of your participants located (geographic area)?
- Does your organization exclusively serve veterans? If not, what is the percentage of veteran and non-veteran participants in your organization?
- What veteran population does your program serve (service branch)?
To complete the Letter of Inquiry and find more information on how to apply please click here.