Grants - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Grants

Bob Woodruff Foundation grants invest in programs that help our service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers thrive. In 2020, we adjusted our grantmaking to address the urgent needs of the military-veteran community during COVID-19 and expedited our processes to provide support when and where it was needed most.

Our Grantees are Our Partners

The Bob Woodruff Foundation partners with innovative nonprofits to find, fund, and shape programs across the nation that best meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans and their families.

Beyond awarding grants to these partners, the Bob Woodruff Foundation works closely with them to ensure efficiency, gain awareness for evolving trends within the veteran space, and provide opportunities for collaboration with other members of the grantee network.

Interested in Joining the Got Your 6 Network?

Our Got Your 6 Network is made up of community-based groups of stakeholders from all sectors practicing collaboration in support of veteran well-being.

With more than just a one-time grant, opportunities for shared learning, stakeholder engagement, and thought leadership can optimize collaborative systems and accelerate progress, increasing our collective impact.

Grant Opportunities

In 2021, the Bob Woodruff Foundation returned to a Spring and Fall grant cycle, while continuing to address the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the military-veteran community.

2021 grants will reflect the evolving needs of the military/veteran community in the current pandemic, with special emphasis upon food insecurity (to include upstream legal and financial needs that threaten food security), housing and homelessness, mental health, and employment.

Programs considered for funding must:

  • Provide direct services to the military/veteran population
  • Be prepared to begin immediately upon receipt of BWF funding
  • Be administered through a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Demonstrate financial responsibility and sustainability and have filed a 990EZ or 990 for the last two fiscal years
  • Provide an audited financial statement or a certified financial statement (to include a balance sheet and income statement)
  • Have two years of gross receipts greater than $50,000
  • Clearly articulate an understanding of the issue(s) to be addressed
  • Be evidence-based and/or supported by peer-reviewed research
  • Collaborate with existing community resources and organizations
  • Provide solutions that complement services and resources provided by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs
  • Collect and report demographic information for participants
  • Report measurable outcomes to the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Fall 2021 applications are closed. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on future funding opportunities. The Bob Woodruff Foundation reviews each application individually in the order they were received. We will contact every program that submits an application informing them of our determination. We ask that applicants remain patient while our team is working through our process.

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NFL Grants

The National Football League’s Salute to Service is a year-round effort to Honor, Empower, and Connect our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families. It is grounded in deep partnership with nonprofits and organizations that support the military community in the United States and across the world.

As one of those partners, the Bob Woodruff Foundation is honored to offer grants through the generous support of NFL funding. These grants are open to applications year-round.

Learn About Our Grantees

Warrior-Scholar Project

Veterans emerge from the military as highly adaptable team leaders with technical skills, and problem-solving capabilities accustomed to making decisions under stressful conditions. Warrior-Scholar Project introduces veterans to esteemed higher-level academics, ensures they are informed academic consumers, and provides them with academic skills critical for confidence and success.

Team Red, White & Blue

Team RWB focuses on exercise and social activities that, over time, become part of a healthy lifestyle and will facilitate an authentic interaction with community residents. Through its grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Team RWB will build out its Eagle Leadership Development program to develop and strengthen local chapter leaders and thus partnerships and military-civilian relationships, in over 200 communities nationwide.

Sesame Workshop

SS4MF: Caregiving addresses the impact of caregiving and provides guidance and support for military and veteran families with young children (ages 2-8) to help them cope and build resilience while dealing with the challenges of living with a wounded, ill, or injured parent. Following initial BWF funding to identify and develop this curriculum, this grant supported Sesame Workshop’s creation of valuable resources for military families addressing three fundamental themes and strategies: Comfort and Strength, Sharing and Talking, and Routines.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in military service members and recently discharged veterans. The most recent BWF to STRONG STAR grant builds on the current STRONG STAR Training Initiative infrastructure by working on innovative strategies to incentivize the delivery of EBT for PTSD to veteran patients and connect veterans with care providers offering evidence-based treatments (EBT).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation?

The Bob Woodruff Foundation holds itself, and its grantees, to the highest standards of accountability. Grants are awarded annually in the Spring and Fall. To submit an application for open grants, log in to the grantee portal to fill out the appropriate forms below.

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At what times of the year are grant applications open?

Grants are awarded annually in the Spring and Fall. Sign up for the newsletter below to stay informed of the opening and closing dates for grant applications.

What criteria does my organization need to meet to be eligible for a BWF grant?

Programs considered for funding must:

  • Provide direct services to the military/veteran population
  • Be prepared to begin immediately upon receipt of BWF funding
  • Be administered through a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Demonstrate financial responsibility and sustainability and have filed a 990EZ or 990 for the last two fiscal years
  • Provide an audited financial statement or a certified financial statement (to include a balance sheet and income statement)
  • Have two years of gross receipts greater than $50,000
  • Clearly articulate an understanding of the issue(s) to be addressed
  • Be evidence-based and/or supported by peer-reviewed research
  • Collaborate with existing community resources and organizations
  • Provide solutions that complement services and resources provided by the Small Business Administration and U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs
  • Collect and report demographic information for participants
  • Report measurable outcomes to the Bob Woodruff Foundation

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