Grants to help mission outreach grow
Since you are in the business of caring for our veterans and military in need, you understand that financial resources are required to do the work effectively. And chances are if you had a little more money, you would be able to help more people. The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation is here to help. You may be eligible to receive financial assistance through an American Legion Auxiliary Foundation grant!
For more information about each grant, including what grants can be awarded for, please click on the applications at the bottom of the page.
Veteran Projects Fund Grants | How to apply for a grant through the ALA Foundation
As American Legion Auxiliary members, our mission to assist veterans, military, and their families has never been as critical as it is today. Nearly half of post-9/11 veterans are being diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or TBI (traumatic brain injury). Suicide rates among these veterans have climbed to startling rates. And many volunteer U.S. servicemembers have been deployed to war zones multiple times.
Coming home may be the end of one journey for many veterans, but it also is the beginning of a new journey as they attempt to transition to a “new normal.” Helping them get there is the core of the purpose and service of the American Legion Auxiliary. Members are passionate about providing care and comfort to our heroic defenders of freedom who are so highly deserving of everything we can possibly do for them.
If your Auxiliary unit, district/county, or department identifies a specific, emergent need for your local veterans or active military, the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund may be able to lend a helping hand.
Brief grant application guidelines:
- The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department.
- The proposal must address a specific, emergent need by an ALA entity that supports the ALA mission or an ALA program identified in the national Plan of Action. An emergent need is a new need appearing, arising, occurring, or developing for the first time.
- The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation will fund small emergent need projects in the amount of $2,000 – $5,000, and in unusual circumstances an amount no greater than $10,000
- One grant per grantee in a 12 month period will be awarded
American Legion Auxiliary units, districts/counties, or departments that have identified a source for grant funding from a foundation or corporation that requires the recipient to be a 501(c)(3) can have the ALA Foundation serve as the recipient. The ALA Foundation will then, in turn, sub-grant to the unit, district/county, or department according to the terms and conditions of the grantor. In order for sub-granting of 3rd party grants to be considered, they must support the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Veterans Creative Arts Festival Grants | How to Apply for a VCAF Mini Grant
The purpose Veterans Creative Arts Festival (VCAF) Mini Grants is to aid in the well-being of veterans by introducing them to art therapy. Whether used for workshops, preparation for, or facilitation of local competitions which feed into the National festival, grant funds may be requested for needs that contribute to this effort.
Brief Grant Guidelines
- The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department
- The purpose of a VCAF Mini Grant is to aid in the well-being of veterans by introducing them to art therapy