Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund - Grants

Current VDF Update

EFFECTIVE 7-1-2021
The VDF Small Grant ($4,999.99 or less) is open July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 with a limit of $50,000 awarded in Small Grants each quarter. Small Grant Proposals are accepted throughout the year, dependent on availability of funding.


The VDF Large Grant ($5,000-$75,000) will open the third Friday in October of each year beginning at 3:00pm through the third Friday in December of each year ending at 5:00pm.


What is the Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund?

The Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund (VDF), established in 1999 by the Arizona legislature (A.R.S. § 41-608), funds programs that benefit Veterans and their families throughout Arizona. Arizona State law specifies that tax-deductible donations to, and monies held in, this account can never revert to the State General Fund.

The VDF consists of monies, gifts and contributions donated to the department and donations made through the purchase of Veteran, Women Veteran and Freedom Special License Plates. The assets held in the account can only be used to benefit Veterans in the State of Arizona through small grants and large grants, each with their own documented application process.


Grantee must be a 501(c) charitable organization. Preferable to ADVS, Grantee has a primary mission of providing benefits to Arizona’s Veterans and is compatible with ADVS’ objectives determined by the Director.

How can my organization apply for grants from the Veterans Donation Fund?

VDF Grants of $4,999.99 or less (Small Grant)
A VDF Small Grant application can be downloaded in fillable-PDF format HERE.

Small Grant Proposals must be accompanied by a Budget Worksheet. For your convenience, a VDF Budget Template is HERE.

  • Spreadsheets of a similar format by Grantee will also be accepted.
  • Budget worksheets submitted should show line-item breakdown of all revenue and expenses for which the organization is applying for VDF grant.
  • Small Grant Proposals are accepted throughout the year, dependent on availability of funding. 
  • Notification of the Department’s decision will be made within 30 days upon receipt of the completed proposal.

VDF Grants of $5,000 - $75,000 (Large Grant)
All Requests for Grant Proposals of $5,000 - $75,000 must be submitted through eCivis, a cloud-based grants management system.

The VDF Request for Grant Proposal (RFGP) and a budget template can be completed by downloading the VDF Large Grant instructions and filling in the online forms on the eCivis website HERE. Upon completion of the RFGP packet and budget documentation, please upload all documents and any supporting materials using the eCivis site.

Proposals will be accepted from the third Friday in October of each year beginning at 3:00pm through the third Friday in December of each year ending at 5:00pm. For detailed instructions on applying for a grant from the VDF Fund using eCivis please review the eCivis Grants Network External User Guide, a downloadble PDF document.

A Preapplication Conference will be scheduled at least 21 days before the VDF Large Grant submission date to explain the grant application requirements. The exact time and date for the Preapplication Conference will be posted with the grant solicitation.

Notification of the Department’s decision will be made within 45 to 60 calendar days of the required submittal date.

For information or questions regarding grants of $5,000 or more please contact the VDF Program Manger at (602) 234-8413 or via email at: [email protected].

Please do NOT use this email address to submit grant proposals; all large grant proposals MUST be submitted through the provided eCivis link.

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Is there someone I can speak to regarding AVDF grants?

Yes. Contact the VDF Grant Program Manager through one of these channels:

  • Telephone (602) 234-8413
  • Fax (602) 297-6687
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Regular postal mail:

Attn: VDF Grant Program Manager

Arizona Department of Veterans' Services

3839 N 3rd St

Phoenix, AZ 85012

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