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Wounded Warrior Project® Grant Process

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is excited to have an opportunity to support other veteran-serving nonprofit organizations to ensure every service member, veteran, and their family member is recognized and their reintegration needs are supported because of the increasing number of wounded service members returning home to their communities every day. WWP Program Grants allow us to work with various organizations to better serve wounded service members, veterans, and their family members and provide programming that meets the needs of our population in specific geographic regions of the country where existing services are limited.

Our in-depth grant evaluation process ensures WWP provides financial support to groups espousing kindred priorities and policies, and with the same commitment to the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Historically, WWP has supported organizations that seek to enhance the lives of wounded service members through programs aimed at improving mental health and wellness; exposing wounded service members to new opportunities for physical fitness and activity; connecting wounded service members with their peers and communities; and enhancing economic empowerment and independence.

Since its inception in 2012, WWP Program Grants has held two grant cycles each year. WWP Program Grants are awarded in amounts up to $250,000 and last one full year from the date of award.

 

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Contact Information

All grant application materials or questions should be emailed to grants@woundedwarriorproject.orgWWP is unable to accept calls regarding the grant application process. 

 

EligibilityTo be considered for funding, an organization must meet some basic requirements:

  • Be able to provide evidence of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
  • Provide programs and services at NO cost to the warrior, family, or constituents.

For additional information, please read through our FAQs to determine your organization’s grant eligibility. The following opportunities are not eligible for WWP funding:

  • State or federal programs
  • Debt reduction
  • Annual appeals and fundraising events
  • Political action groups
  • Medical or academic research
  • Think tanks
  • Any activities that include alcohol
  • Endowments

**We are unable to provide grants to individuals. If you are a wounded service member or family member in need, please contact the WWP Resource Center to learn more about financial assistance opportunities available through Operation Homefront.**

 

Process

Typically, each of the two grant cycles begins with an opportunity for interested organizations to submit Letters of Interest (LOI) to WWP. An organization MUST submit an LOI to be considered for an invitation to submit a full proposal.  

  • All LOIs will be reviewed and evaluated against the entire pool of submissions.
  • Upon reviewing all submitted LOIs, WWP will either decline interest or invite organizations to submit a full grant application. Please note not all organizations that submit an LOI will be asked to submit a full grant application.

Grant Proposals 

Submission of a full grant proposal is by invitation only after the WWP review of the initial LOI. Please do not submit a full grant proposal at this time.

 

Deadlines

At this time, WWP is not accepting Letters of Interest.

 

Funding Principles & Priorities

WWP has developed an extensive evaluation process to ensure we support the most innovative programs that fill gaps in services where the need is greatest. WWP looks to fund proposals that:

  • Address one or more of the needs identified by WWP;
  • Offer innovative programming and unique opportunities to wounded service members, veterans, and their family members/caregivers and do not duplicate services and programs offered by WWP;
  • Address an identified need by offering programming or services where demand outpaces supply or services do not currently exist;
  • Reach wounded service members, veterans, and family members/caregivers in under-served geographic areas;
  • Foster continued leadership, mentorship, and sense of purpose among wounded service members and veterans;
  • State clear and measurable goals.

WWP will consider requests up to $250,000. Funding amount is determined by the amount requested, number of veterans or family members served, and the nature of the program being funded. Funding is generally limited to a one-year program cycle.

 

Reapplications

WWP awards grants in two cycles each calendar year – spring and fall. Prior grantees must skip a full grant cycle after the last award was made before re-applying for funding and will be required to submit a final report for consideration. Exceptions may be made if an organization is submitting a grant for an entirely new project and the grantee has demonstrated the success of the previously WWP-funded proposal. Prior grantees should follow general application guidelines and timeframe and will be evaluated against an entire pool of submissions for that grant cycle.

Grant recipients should not rely on WWP for continued funding of their programs or projects. It is strongly recommended that other sources of support also be secured. Under no circumstances is WWP obligated to continue funding the program of any grantee. 

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