Eligibility Requirements

  • Your organization must be defined as a Section 501(c) nonprofit of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Your program must improve the quality of life for active duty, reserve, or National Guard and/or veterans and their families.
  • Your program must be established and executable within twelve months of the 2025 application cycle closing (by March 20, 2026).
  • Any organizations proposing programs that will affect or take place on a Department of Defense installation will be asked to present documentation that their programs are approved for operation on a Department of Defense installation by the installation commander or the commander’s designee.

Further questions concerning eligibility should be directed to Shannon "Shay" Spencer-Watson:
1-888-294-8560 or

Winning organizations will be asked to prepare an interim 6-month report and a final 1-year report, evaluating their programs for the award sponsors and detailing how funding was expended in the form of a simple budget narrative. Organizations selected to receive awards must use the money received for the specified program.