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You have questions, and we have answers. Please check out the page below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.


Must our organization be founded by or led by a US military veteran in order to apply?

No. Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving US military veterans may apply. If your organization is not founded by or led by a US military veteran, please leave the “Veteran Information” section of the application blank. However, if your organization is founded by or led by a US military veteran, please do complete the “Veteran Information” section of the application.

Do I need to be affiliated with a nonprofit in order to apply?

Yes, these grants can only be awarded to 501(c)(3)s.

What types of projects will be funded?

Programs helping veterans in your community are eligible for funding. Whether your organization is looking for general operating funds to serve veterans, or needs funds for an existing or new program that serves veterans, the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant is here to help you provide services to US military veterans during these tough times.

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 request to the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant.

If my organization supports active military, am I eligible to apply?

For this grant, we are focusing on organizations that support 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 shares how your organization’s services, capacity, or funding streams have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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 Type a brief description of the problem you are experiencing and someone will contact you as soon as possible to provide assistance.

Is the video presentation required?

The video presentation is strongly recommended but is not required. The video is a way to help us better understand your organization, how you’re helping veterans, and how your organization has been challenged by the COVID-19 emergency. We value sincerity and direct communication over production value; please feel free to use the software provided in the application form to directly record your video presentation. You may also upload a video from your phone or computer.

Why do you ask if you can share the video presentation and
the link to our online giving page?

Whether you are chosen for a grant or not, we may like to share your organization’s inspiring work with others and give people a chance to donate in support of your services to US military veterans.

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 offer them the chance to be featured on a special edition Evan Williams American Hero bottle.


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, how your organization has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, and the strength of your services to US 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 Emergency Grants 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 June 24, 2020. All awards will be announced no later than August 1, 2020 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.


You have questions, and we have answers. Please check out the page below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.