Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: If I applied in previous years, can I use those same login credentials?
A: No. You must create a new account. You can use the same email address you have used in the past, but you must create a new account versus changing the password from your previous account.

Q. Can an organization submit entries for more than one program?
A.  Yes. However, each program submitted must have a separate email address/log in.

Q.  Is this award program by invitation only?
A.  No. We encourage any eligible program to apply.

Q.  When do 2022 award applications close?
A. Award applications for 2022 must be submitted online by April 28th at 9:00 P.M. PST. No extensions or exemptions. 

Q.  Do we need to be a 501(c) nonprofit?
A: Yes. Your organization must be defined as a Section 501(c) nonprofit of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Q.  We are a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization. Can we apply?
A.  Yes, if your organization is defined as a Section 501(c) nonprofit of the Internal Revenue Service Code and your program is specifically designed to improve the quality of life for active duty, reserve, or National Guard and/or veterans and their families.

Q.  Our organization is primarily comprised of volunteers, but there are also some paid professional staff. Are we eligible?
A.  Yes. However, Chairman's Award funding cannot be used to pay salaries or wages. Professional fees will be considered if an expert's specific skills are necessary to execute the program. Ex: mental health counselors, physical therapists, etc.

Q.  Can we complete a hard copy of the application and submit it by mail or email?
A.  No. The 2022 Chairman's Award application process must be completed online. Please be sure to spellcheck!

Q.  Can we submit additional information, such as photos, brochures, news articles, etc. with our application?
A.  Yes. We allow up to three supporting documents to be attached to your application. We cannot accept additional information emailed separately; it must be attached to your online application.

Q.  What is the timeline when applicants will know if they won, and when will award recipients receive funding?
A. Applicants will be informed whether they were awarded funding or not by the end of August. Funds will be distributed to awarded organizations around the time of the ceremony, typically fall.

Q. Who will judge the competition?
A.  Fisher House Foundation and Military Times Foundation will select individuals to serve as judges. Award recipients are selected by an esteemed judging panel based on the program's creativity, innovation, and impact on the community they serve.

Q.  If my program is not selected for an award, can I find out why we were not selected?
A.  Unfortunately, no. Due to time constraints, we ask the judges to score each submission based on the criteria listed on the application, and we do not require the judges to submit any notes or records to Fisher House Foundation other than the score he or she awards to each submission. We may contact you for clarification on your application. However, this does not mean your program will receive funding. 

Q.  Will there by a ceremony for award recipients?
A.  Yes. The winning organizations will be recognized in a ceremony (fall date to be determined). The organizations may send representatives to receive their certificates and awards but grant funds cannot be used to cover travel expenses and must be used for the program for which they were awarded.

Q.  Where can I obtain more information?
A.  Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is the program administrator. This webpage includes a summary of Previous Years’ Winners, including the program descriptions and email addresses of winners. You can contact any of them as well as sspencer-watson@fisherhouse.org or (888) 294-8560.

Further questions should be directed to Shannon Spencer-Watson:

1-888-294-8560 or sspencer-watson@fisherhouse.org