Post Grants

Post Grants

For more than 11 decades, VFW Posts have been the pillars of support in their communities. From building local playgrounds and organizing clothing drives, to military support events and disaster relief efforts, we take great pride in our long history of service to communities across the globe. Read on for more information about the current grants we have available.

VFW Foundation leadership and staff are proud to assist VFW and VFW Auxiliary members with service projects that increase their members’ impact upon their communities. The VFW Foundation has budgeted $500,000 in grant funding to support and encourage VFW Post and Auxiliary community service projects throughout the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The grant cycle application period opens Oct. 1, 2021, and will close on July 31, 2022, or when all funding has been disbursed.

Both a VFW Post and its Auxiliary may receive funding during the grant cycle. Posts and Auxiliaries are encouraged to apply early, as funding is often exhausted by early spring. 

 

Eligibility
These grants are exclusively available to VFW Posts and Auxiliaries for qualifying service projects. VFW Districts, Departments, VFW subordinate organizations, etc. are not eligible to apply. VFW Posts and Auxiliaries that wish to apply must be in good standing with VFW National, meaning they must not be suspended, in financial arrears or have a deficient election report. The applicant must also be current on reports due to the VFW Foundation for grants received during previous years.

Multiply Your Community Impact
Applicants are encouraged to make the biggest impact possible through this grant opportunity. As such, up to four VFW Posts or Auxiliaries may pool their requests for a single project. For example, a community may be planning a significant event to honor veterans around Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Up to four Posts and/or Auxiliaries in the community could pool their resources and grant funds to support the event with volunteers and financial support. One Post or Auxiliary member must serve as the contact point for the project as funding will be provided to each Post or Auxiliary separately and the point person will need to ensure proper stewardship of grant funds. The point person will also be responsible for providing a grant report for each of the Posts/Auxiliaries.

Grant Funding Restrictions 
Grant funds cannot be used to cover expenses related to required, official VFW activities such as Patriot’s Pen/Voice of Democracy scholarships, purchase of Buddy Poppies, donations to VFW National or Department Service Officer programs, etc.   

Grant funds cannot be used to support organizations that solely benefit members of a particular race or religion, for-profit companies, or individuals. Nor can this grant be used to support political causes or candidates. 

#StillServing Grant Program Types
There are three options for Posts/Auxiliaries to apply for funding. Posts/Auxiliaries may submit one application for each option during the 2021-22 grant cycle, for a total of three grant applications. The maximum a single Post or Auxiliary may receive in #StillServing Grants funding during the 2021-22 grant cycle is $3,500. Applicants are encouraged to find creative ways to collaborate with community partners and local affiliates of VFW’s national corporate partners. Such engagement strengthens the VFW’s relationships at national, regional, and local levels, and therefore strengthens our ability to aid veterans, military members, and their families. NOTE: For food insecurity related projects, please utilize the Uniting To Combat Hunger Grant application.

 

VFW #StillServing Community Support Grant

VFW #StillServing Community Support Grant has been designed to aid VFW Posts and Auxiliaries with projects that support, enrich and give back to their communities. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $1,000 each.

There are three qualifying project types for which an eligible applicant may be awarded funding:

  1. Community outreach projects operated directly by the Post or Auxiliary. Examples include but are not limited to: Hosting a PTSD stand down event, a clothing drive for unemployed veterans, maintaining Post owned vehicles that transport veterans to medical appointments, etc. 
  2. A financial or in-kind donation to a nonprofit located within 25 miles of the Post or Auxiliary’s address. The mission of the recipient organization does not need to be military or veteran-related so long as they serve your community. Examples include: A cash donation to support a local Boys & Girls Club; a donation of athletic equipment to a local YMCA; etc.
  3. Limited grant funds are available for repairs or upgrades to Post buildings. The grant application must clearly indicate how the repair/upgrade allows the Post to better serve the community.

 

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VFW #StillServing Corporate Partnership Grant

The VFW #StillServing Corporate Partnership Grant has been designed to support community service projects that involve a local branch or affiliate of a VFW National corporate supporter (e.g. BURGER KING®, Sport Clips, Walgreens, Humana, Ace Hardware, etc.) may be eligible to receive up to $1,500 in grant funding. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Hosting a community wellness event where representatives from Humana or Walgreens are present to provide information.
  • Holding a fundraiser for Unmet Needs at a local BURGER KING® or Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship at a local Sport Clips location. 
  • Collaborating with a local Ace Hardware Store to place flags at veteran grave sites.

Applicants must demonstrate in their grant application how the corporate partner is working with them. This may be in the form of an email or letter from the corporate representative. Posts/Auxiliaries are encouraged to include pictures, copies of media coverage, screenshots of social media posts, etc. to demonstrate publicity received during the service project. For a list of eligible corporate supporters, please visit vfw.org/grants-supporters.

 

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VFW #StillServing Community Volunteerism Grant

The VFW #StillServing Community Volunteerism Grant has been designed so that VFW Posts and Auxiliaries  with volunteer hours logged may receive up to $1,000 in unrestricted grant funds to be used to support VFW Post operating expenses. Each volunteer hour equates to $1 in grant funding, and a minimum of 500 hours is required. To be eligible, the volunteer hours must have been applied toward a service project that involved a community partner such as YMCA, Scouts, American Red Cross, or a similar service organization. Examples include:

  • Partnering with Team Rubicon to respond to a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, etc.
  • Hosting a PTSD stand down event in collaboration with Student Veterans of America
  • Hosting a health and wellness seminar with the local YMCA or American Red Cross
  • Volunteering at the local VA Medical Center.
 

 

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How to Submit a Request for a #StillServing Grant

 

To apply for any of the VFW Foundation's #StillServing grants, simply click the apply now buttons under the grant listings above to access the applications. Completed applications forms can be submitted by email to jcouch@vfw.org, or by mail to: Jason Couch, Grants Coordinator, VFW Foundation, 406 W. 34th St., Suite 920, Kansas City, MO 64111.  

Grant requests will be reviewed in the order they are received. Applicants can expect to be notified of a decision within 90 days of their request being received by the VFW Foundation. If the request has been approved, a check or notification of ACH (an electronic funds transfer) from the VFW Foundation will be included with a letter that is mailed shortly after review. 

Grant funding is dependent on availability, and the applications will be removed from the website once all available funds have been exhausted. 

Grant Reporting Requirements 

Recipients of both the #StillServing Community Support Grant and #StillServing Corporate Partnership Grant will be required to submit an after-action grant report. The form is available for download here, or under Post Grant Resources on the right, and a physical copy will be sent to grant recipients along with their award letter. Reports must be received by the VFW Foundation from all grant awardees by July 1, 2022. 

PLEASE NOTE: #StillServing Grant Guidelines are general in nature, and the VFW Foundation reserves the right to amend, modify or waive these guidelines, in whole or in part, if the VFW Foundation deems it is in its best interest to do so. Final approval of grant awards and funding amounts are subject to exclusive determination and discretion of the VFW Foundation Board and its decisions are not subject to review. 

If you have any questions about any of the information cited in this overview, please contact Grants & External Relations Coordinator Jason Couch at jcouch@vfw.org before applying. 

 

Home Depot Community Impact Grant

The Home Depot has started accepting applications for its 2021 Community Impact Grant now through Dec. 31, 2021. VFW members can receive up to $5,000 to fund repairs or construction projects at their Post building. 

While there are no guarantees to being funded, several VFW Posts have been awarded this grant in the past. There are new qualifications and process for submitting your application so to aid VFW Posts and members as they complete the application process, the VFW Foundation has developed an instructional guide. Download the 2021 Home Depot Grant Guide here.

Home Depot Community Impact Grant applications must be submitted online here, and will not be accepted by any other means. Telephone calls, emails or written submissions sent to Home Depot will NOT be accepted, nor will you be able to turn this application in at your local Home Depot store.

If you receive funding it will come in the form of Home Depot gift cards that can be used to buy materials at your local HD store. You will need to recruit Post members and/or other community volunteers as the use of contractors to complete your project is not permitted. The project must be completed within six months. You will also be required to submit a final report. You must be willing to include stories and before-and-after photos of the project. Failure to do so will negatively impact your Post’s ability to receive any future funding from The Home Depot Foundation.

After submitting the application, you should receive an email response after six weeks. 

Should you have any questions and or concerns, please contact Jason Couch, VFW Foundation grants & external relations coordinator, directly at 816.968.1174 or by email at jcouch@vfw.org.

 

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