Grants

Grants2020-12-18T22:34:50+00:00

Grants to help mission outreach grow

The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation exists to ensure the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary thrives for years to come. To assist ALA units, districts/counties, and departments in their efforts to support local veterans, military, and their families, the ALA Foundation offers four different grants.

Grants will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. To be reviewed at the next board meeting, applications should be turned in no later than:

January 6, 2021
April 2, 2021

Veteran Projects Fund

Veteran Projects Fund Grants
If your Auxiliary unit, district/county, or department identifies a new, one-time need for your local veterans or active military, the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund may be able to lend a helping hand.

Qualifications

  • The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department.
  • Application addresses a specific, new need that supports veterans and military.
  • Grants are awarded in the amount of $1,000 – $10,000.
  • The ALA entity must provide a 20% match of the granted amount.
  • One grant per grantee in a 12-month period will be awarded.
  • Funds may not be used to reimburse expenses paid prior to grant approval.
Download Application
VCAF Grants

Veterans Creative Arts Festival Grants
The purpose of the Veterans Creative Arts Festival (VCAF) Grants is to aid in the well-being of veterans by introducing them to art therapy. If your unit or department hosts a local Veterans Creative Arts Festival or offers art therapy courses that feed into the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, grant funds may be awarded for needs that contribute to these efforts.

Qualifications

  • The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department.
  • Grants are awarded up to $2,500.
  • One grant per grantee in a 12-month period will be awarded.
  • Funds may not be used to reimburse expenses paid prior to grant approval.
Download Application
Mission Action Grant

Mission in Action Grants
The ALA Foundation wants to help members brand their programs, so that the ALA is recognizable in the community for all of their good works. Whether it’s storage totes to transport items to a local food pantry, a branded vehicle or trailer to deliver meals to homeless veterans, or signage and banners for your department’s ALA Girls State program, the Mission in Action grant will help you work the mission while promoting the organization behind it all.

Qualifications

  • The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department.
  • The proposal must address a specific ALA branding need that will help members with mission delivery and be recognizable in the community.
  • Grants are awarded up to $5,000.
  • One grant per grantee in a 12 month period will be awarded.
  • Funds may not be used to reimburse expenses paid prior to grant approval.
  • The ALA entity must provide a 20% match of the granted amount.
Download Application
sub grants

Sub Grants
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 the full amount to the unit, district/county, or department according to the terms and conditions of the grantor.

Qualifications

  • The applicant must be an American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) entity – unit, district/county, or department.
  • The project must support the ALA mission or an ALA program identified in the national Programs Action Plan.
Download Application

ALA Foundation Grants FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What projects have been funded by ALAF grants in the past?2020-12-14T21:25:27+00:00

Veteran Projects Fund grants:

  • Kentucky Unit 74: $943.00 to replace a washer and dryer at Pennyroyal Veterans Center.
  • Department of Alaska: $2,558.40 for patio furniture at the Alaskan Veterans Home.
  • North Carolina Unit 116: $3,007.16 for a bingo machine for the local VA medical center.
  • Maine Unit 86: $1,920.00 for All Terrain Beach Wheelchairs for Scarborough Veterans Home.
  • Department of South Dakota: $8,000.00 for adaptive sports kayaks for Sioux Falls VA Hospital.
  • Delaware Unit 28: $10,000.00 to purchase a minivan for the Home of the Brave .
  • Department of Kentucky: $8,000.00 to replace walk-in refrigerator and freezer compressors for Lady Veterans Connect .
  • Illinois Unit 474: $7,400.00 for Echo Show technology for Hine VA Hospital Blind Center patient rooms.
  • Department of New Hampshire: $1,900.00 to replace kitchen appliances at Warriors at 45 North.
  • South Dakota Unit 311: $1,414.29 for a computer for Fort Meade veterans home.

Veterans Creative Arts Festival grants:

  • Department of Vermont: $2,500.00 to support the marketing and implementation of VA White River Junction Vermont’s VCAF.
  • New York Unit 1524: $1,600.00 to provide awards and recognition to VCAF participants at Syracuse VA Medical Center.
  • Department of Nebraska: $1,630.00 for art supplies and certificates for Grand Island VA Medical Center’s VCAF.

Mission in Action grants:

  • Department of New York: $516.00 to purchase a branded backdrop and table cover to use at department functions.
  • Ohio Unit 214: $820.00 for a branded pop-up tent and table covers to use at all unit programs.
  • New York Unit 535: $4,000.00 to brand Hometown Heroes banners, which celebrate local veterans and display ALA information.
  • Indiana Unit 148: $1,960.00 to buy pop-up tents, banners, tablecloths and storage bins to promote and recruit for American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls State.
  • Nevada Unit 60: $1,100.00 for branded pop up tents, banners, signs, totes and display holders to use at booth at local festivals, parades, and other events.
  • Department of Nebraska: $2,120.00 for pop-tent, banners, large standing flags and table covers for use at American Legion Auxiliary Cornhusker Girls State.
  • Department of Michigan: $615.78 to purchase branded banners, table covers, and storage containers to be used at American Legion Auxiliary Michigan Girls State.
  • Department of Virginia: $160.24 for a retractable banner for their American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program.
  • Department of Colorado: $120.00 to purchase bannerettes for ALA Colorado Girls State.
  • Department of Missouri: $2,380.00 for a branded cargo trailer to haul materials to and from conferences, conventions, and programs.

Subgrants:

  • Department of Oregon: $25,000.00 Grantor: William K Blount Family Fund or Oregon Community Foundation
    • Project: 2020 ALA Oregon Girls State
  • New York Unit 120: $500.00 Grantor: The Rothenberg Family Charitable Fund
    • Project: Services to veterans in the Palmyra, NY community
  • Maryland Unit 296: $500.00 Grantor: John & Patricia Bowell Foundation Raymond James Charitable
    • Project: ALA Maryland Girls State
  • Wisconsin: Unit 245: $375.00 Grantor: Thrivent Member Network – South Wisconsin Region
    • Project: Camp American Legion Wish List
  • Minnesota Unit 294: $700.00 Grantor: John W. Roth American Legion Post 294
    • Project: Support of Veterans – local, district and state
  • New York Unit 120: $500.00 Grantor: Goldman Sachs
    • Project: Services to veterans in the Palmyra, NY community
  • Iowa Unit 27: $3,000.00 Grantor: Monsanto/Bayer Company
    • Project: Quilts of Valor
  • Department of Iowa: $1,250.00 Grantor: Monsanto/Bayer Company
    • Project: Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Junior Camp
  • Arizona Unit 62: $1,000.00 Grantor: Ascanio and Jean Boccuti Family Charitable Fund
    • Project: HEAL HER Art Program
  • Iowa Unit 1: $500.00 Grantor: Liberty Diversified International
    • Project: Girls State Tuition
  • ALA National Headquarters: $5,000.00 Grantor: CSX
    • Project: ALA Veterans’ Caregiver Respite Event
  • Illinois Unit 1941: $500.00 Grantor: Vanguard Charitable for Jim and Pam Harris Fund
    • Project: Mary Patterson/Helen Olson Educational Scholarship
How do I apply?2020-12-17T15:23:25+00:00

Thank you for your desire to serve our nation’s heroes through projects in your community. The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation is here to help you by providing easy to apply for grants to help make your programs a success. Once you have identified which grant you are applying for, (Not there yet? Click here) please use this guide to help in the application process.

1. Download/print the corresponding application by clicking on the links below:

Keep in mind that these applications are not exactly the same, but follow a very similar format.

2. Read – Make sure to look over the information at the front of the application. Knowing this and following the instructions listed carefully will give you the best chance at being awarded a grant.

3. Fill out your application –

  • The first page on each application is contact information for your ALA Entity. Be sure to fill this out completely, and if you are applying for a subgrant, be sure to include information regarding who your money is being donated from, and their contact information.
  • Next, you will fill out the grant proposal summary (and the Action Steps/Target Dates for Veteran Projects Fund and Mission in Action grants). This is where you need to really sell your project. Make sure to explain what you will be doing, who you will be impacting, and the importance your project will have in your community. The more details the better, and make sure not to leave any questions blank.
  • Thirdly, (for all but the subgrants) you will need to fill out a budget for the goods and services you will be paying for with the grant funds. Add up the total amount needed from the ALA Foundation. For Veteran Projects Fund and Mission in Action grants, make sure to factor in the 20 percent match by your ALA Entity (If you are applying to appeal your match, please fill out the last page as well – keep in mind that these waves are rarely granted, so be sure to contribute as much as you can!)

4.Turn it in!
Email your application to ALAFoundation@ALAforVeterans.org, with your ALA Entity in the subject line!
For subgrants, be sure to ask the grantor to include a note when they mail their check in, so that we know the money is for a subgrant – this will help the process move even more quickly!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to send us an email at ALAFoundation@ALAforVeterans.org or contact the Development Division at the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters via phone at 317-569-4500. We are here to help you help veterans, military, and their families!

I received a grant – now what?2020-12-17T16:47:19+00:00

Congratulations! We are so thrilled that your project will be supported by the ALA Foundation.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you begin your project that will help you meet the reporting requirements of the ALA Foundation and help us show off your good works to our members!

  1. Share about your project on your unit’s social media or newsletter, or just on your own! The more people that see it, the more chances that other ALA units/departments will be inspired to help their local veterans with the help of the ALA Foundation.
  2. Be sure to take photographs of your event or project. Pictures are the best way to showcase your project to the world! See how to take the best photographs here: How to take high quality publishable photos.
  3. Be sure to fill out the required progress report. The more info you provide, the better we can share your story on our website and help encourage others to apply.
  4. Consider interviewing a beneficiary of your project (with their permission) and write down their thoughts. Hearing from the veterans who were served is the most powerful and rewarding part of what we do!
  5. If you have any questions, just email ALAFoundation@ALAforVeterans.org and they will be happy to help!

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