Veteran Community Grant FAQs
PROGRAM AND ORGANIZATION ELIGIBILITY
MUST OUR ORGANIZATION BE FOUNDED BY OR LED BY A U.S. MILITARY VETERAN IN ORDER TO APPLY?
Yes. Each applicant organization must submit information about a veteran leader over the age of 21 who is closely associated with the organization. The veteran leader may be a founder, staff member, board member, or committed volunteer.
DO I NEED TO BE AFFILIATED WITH A NONPROFIT IN ORDER TO APPLY?
Yes, these grants can only be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations.
WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED?
Any program(s) designed to help veterans in your community in the categories of Basic Human Needs, Career & Education, Recreational Activities & the Arts, or Health & Well-being is eligible for funding.
ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS THAT CANNOT RECEIVE FUNDING?
This grant does NOT fund addiction/recovery services or any services to people under the age of 21.
MY ORGANIZATION HAS MULTIPLE PROGRAMS. ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS SERVES PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 OR PROVIDES ADDICTION/RECOVERY SERVICES. CAN MY ORGANIZATION REQUEST FUNDING FOR A VETERAN-FOCUSED PROGRAM THAT DOES NOT SERVE PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 OR PROVIDE ADDICTION/RECOVERY SERVICES?
Yes. We understand some organizations have multiple programs. Having a program that serves youth or provides addiction/recovery services does not disqualify your organization from applying. However, no funds received through this grant can be used to support services to those under 21 or to fund addiction/recovery services.
CAN OUR ORGANIZATION SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE REQUEST FOR FUNDING?
No. We ask that each organization submit only one application for a Veteran Community Action Grant.
IF MY ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS ACTIVE MILITARY, AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
For this grant, we are focusing on organizations that support U.S. veterans. However, if your organization supports both veterans and active military, you are eligible to apply.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REVIEW THE APPLICATION QUESTIONS BEFORE
STARTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION?
We strongly encourage you to take a look through the full form before you begin so that you can gather any required information.
WHAT MAKES A STRONG APPLICATION?
A strong application answers all questions in the form clearly and completely, shows that your organization has a history of and passion for helping veterans in your community, and clearly demonstrates how your program is planning to use the funds.
IS THERE ANY WAY TO SAVE A COPY OF MY APPLICATION AND RETURN TO IT LATER?
While there is no way to save your application, if you begin filling it out and leave the page, we will send you several email reminders with a link to your work-in-progress application. That said, we suggest that you fill it out all at one time to be sure nothing is lost.
CAN I GET A COPY OF MY COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR MY RECORDS?
A copy of your application will be emailed to the contact listed in the “Organization Information” section upon submission of the application.
I AM HAVING A PROBLEM COMPLETING MY APPLICATION.
IS THERE ANYONE I CAN CONTACT FOR HELP?
For any issues or questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type a brief description of the problem you are experiencing and someone will contact you as soon as possible to provide assistance.
WHY DO YOU ASK FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VETERAN IF A
VETERAN FOUNDED OR LEADS OUR ORGANIZATION?
We have a passion for organizations serving US military veterans that were started by or are led by US military veterans. We’d like to get to know these veterans who serve others in their communities and potentially offer them the chance to be featured on a special edition Evan Williams American Hero bottle.
SELECTION PROCESS AND AWARDS
HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?
A multi-person review panel evaluates applications as they are received using a standardized rubric. The rubric evaluates the completeness of your responses to the application questions and the strength of your services to U.S. military veterans.
HOW WILL WE KNOW IF WE’VE BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE AN AWARD?
The contact listed in the “Organization Information” will be notified via email once we’ve made a decision. Please be aware that communication from Evan Williams Bourbon may unintentionally go to your Spam folder, so please be sure to check that folder if you are awaiting an update. The American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund has a small Programs team that is responsible for reviewing all grant requests, so please do not contact Evan Williams about the status of your application, and we appreciate applicants refraining from calling with phone inquiries.
WHEN WILL WE HEAR IF OUR ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR FUNDING?
Requests for funding will be reviewed on a rolling basis between now and July 2021. All awards will be announced no later than August 31st, 2021 and many awards will be announced before that date. You can expect grant checks to be mailed out within 10 days of approval, pending no unforeseen circumstances.
AMERICAN MADE HERO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You have questions, and we have answers. Please check out the page below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
WHAT IS THE EVAN WILLIAMS AMERICAN HERO EDITION BOTTLE?
Evan Williams has created 6 custom bottles, each telling the story of one of the Evan Williams American-Made Heroes. The bottles will be available nationwide for a limited time.
HOW DID YOU SELECT THE 6 AMERICAN-MADE HEROES?
Invitations to be featured as an American-Made Hero are extended to veterans we meet through the annual grant application process. The veterans we choose exemplify what it means to serve, and have continued to give back to their community through involvement with nonprofits serving the veteran community.
IS THIS BOURBON DIFFERENT THAN THE EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON WITH THE BLACK LABEL?
No, the Bourbon is the same. The only difference is the limited American Hero Edition label, which includes the story of a heroic military veteran.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A BOTTLE?
The bottles will be on shelves nationwide in limited quantities beginning in May and available throughout June and July while product lasts. Please contact your local liquor store for availability.
HOW MUCH DOES A BOTTLE COST?
This bottle is similar in price to Evan Williams Black since it is a limited-edition version of our Evan Williams Black Bourbon. Pricing will vary depending on the state. Please contact your local liquor store for pricing.