Frequently Asked Questions

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 have to 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 e-mail address/log in.

Q. Who will judge the competition?

A.     The three sponsoring organizations, Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times (Gannett Government Media Corporation), each select two individuals to serve as judges.


Q.  Do we need to be a 501(c)3 charity or a non-profit?

A.  Yes.  501(c)3 charities, not-for-profits, and private organizations/groups comprised mostly of volunteers supporting the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve unit(s) and/or Veterans are eligible.


Q.  We are a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization.  Can we apply?

A.  Yes, if your program is specifically designed for the benefit of families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve unit(s) and/or Veterans.


Q. What are “private organizations?”

A.  We have received eligible applications from volunteer organizations such as spouses’ clubs, chapel support groups, veterans service organizations, and PTAs among others.  


Q.  Our organization is primarily comprised of volunteers, but there are also some paid professional staff.  Are we eligible?

A.  Yes; however, grants cannot be used to pay salaries, wages, professional fees or stipends.


Q.  Can we complete a hard copy of the application and submit it by mail or email?

A.  No.  The 2020 Newman’s Own Award application process must completed online. Please be sure to spellcheck!

Q.  Can we submit additional information, pictures, and/or brochures, etc. to be included with our application?

A.  Yes. We will allow up to 3 supporting documents to be attached.


Q.  If my organization is not selected for a grant, 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 that your organization will receive funding. 


Q.  Will there by a ceremony for grant recipients?

A.  Yes.  The winning organizations will be recognized in a ceremony (date to be determined).  The organizations may send representatives to receive their certificates and awards, but we ask the grants not be used to cover travel expenses, but for the program for which they were awarded.


Q.  Where can I obtain more information?

A.  Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is the program administrator.  The Fisher House web site, includes a summary of last year’s winning programs and the e-mail addresses of last year’s winners.  You can contact any of them, or Fisher House Foundation at or by calling (888) 294-8560.

Q.  What is the timeline when applicants will know if they are awarded and when grant recipients will receive funding?
A. Applicants will be informed whether they were awarded or not around August. Funds will be distributed to awarded organizations around October.

Q.  Is this grant program by invitation only?

 A.  No. We encourage any eligible program to apply.

Q.  When do 2020 grant applications close?

 A. Grant applications for 2020 must be submitted online by 11:59 pm PT on April 21. No extensions. 

Further questions should be directed to Sarah Stec:

1-888-294-8560 or