Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund
What is the Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund?
The Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund, established in 1999, has helped fund 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 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. In fiscal year 2013, for example, the Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund awarded over $725,000 to veterans' programs and initiatives throughout the State.
What are some examples of fund benefits?
|Grantee||Project Description||Awarded Amount|
|Arizona Hall of Fame Society||A three part project, program, and event that consist of opening a Military/Veteran Museum to honor service in peacetime and during times of war. Identify and assist programs that are beneficial to Military members/Veterans and to hold an award recognition event to honor unique service of Arizona Veterans.||$15,000|
|Arizona StandDown||A three day event for Arizona Veterans to obtain direct respite, healthcare, housing, legal, service benefit entitlements, and administrative services. The event offers a one stop environment to engage veterans that are battling homelessness.||$40,000|
|Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness||Support of Project H3 VETS. Work with community partners, navigation teams, and local, state, and federal agencies, utilizing the process and practices learned during Project H3: Home, Health, Hope.||$125,630|
|Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness||Support of Project H3 VETS. Work with community partners, navigation teams, and local, state, and federal agencies, utilizing the process and practices learned during Project H3: Home, Health, Hope.||$41,250|
|Catholic Charities||A program that will help provide permanent housing to veterans and assist with startup costs for rent and utilities not covered by HUD VASH.||$41,250|
|AZ MODD Charities||A project to open a multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility at the Prescott VA Medical Center. The facility will support the treatment and rehabilitation of Veterans and Wounded Warriors.||$35,000|
|Empowerment Systems Inc.||he project is a collaboration of community partnerships that are veteran specific. Efforts would entail a final development of the Arizona's Military/Veteran Resource Network for website implementation of the much needed military skills translator for veterans to gain employability. The five core elements of the event include Cross-Sector collaboration of local, state, and national communication and coordination, Specific Guidelines for Care & Sector, Care Training, Resource Network website, and System Navigator Program. A two day Statewide Symposium in support of service members, veterans and their families.||$85,000|
|Hospice of the Valley||Salutes Veterans Project: Care and Honor for the Arizona Veterans at End of Life and Palliative Care Unit. To support an strengthen the capacity to adapt and expand services to Maricopa County Veterans with late-stage chronic illness living at home and engaging community veterans to volunteer.||$70,000|
|Law College Association||To continue the University of Arizona College of Law's newly established Veteran's Advocacy Clinic. The clinical program services multiple purposes: providing legal assistance to veterans and to the Tucson Veteran's Court as part of a legal-medical partnership; training more attorneys to be familiar with veteran's law; and attracting more veterans into the practice of law.||$150,000|
|Tempe LULAC / Piestewa Memorial||Two part program of reflection, remembrance, reflection, and healing to honor the fallen and their families.||$6,500|
|TERROS Inc.||A project that will provide resources and support to veterans and military families to effectively transition from military to civilian life. The project will address needs of rebuilding family relationship, developing healthy life management habits, including strategies and resources for managing depression and anxiety. The service continuum will provided an integrated approach for veterans to access health and behavioral health treatment as well as complementary and alternative medicines, therapeutic recreation, parent and family support and opportunities for bonding with family and other veterans.||$81,000|
|United for Change||A program that helps veterans experiencing homelessness and those at risk for homelessness. The program assists veterans with temporary housing, housing deposits, initial move-in costs, and supplies furniture and basic household items once permanent housing is established.||$27,400|
|VMLC Charities||A program that provides a financial safety net for veterans treated at the Phoenix VA Hospital. The assistance is measured based upon the social worker's evaluation and recommendation on the veteran's status and financial needs. A cap of assisted funds is set by a ruled exact amount and will be billed directly to the billing agency and not the individual.||$25,000|
|Yavapai College Foundation||This program provides services to assist veterans to obtain the skills, motivation, and support they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program is designed to assist veterans who are at risk of academic failure; to develop the academic and other requisite skills needed as a college students. Services include: educational testing, assessment and career counseling, personal enrichment workshops, peer mentoring support, and increased access of tutorial program to veterans outside of Yavapai County.||$26,309|
How can my organization apply for grants from the fund?
Grants for $5,000 or more (Large Grant)
All Requests for Grant Proposals of $5,000 or more must be submitted through eCivis, a cloud-based grants management system, Grants Network: Research. The State of Arizona has created a portal to eCivis for users searching for State of Arizona grant opportunities. Please visit https://grants.az.gov/ for more information and to register for your free eCivis account.
- Grants for $5000 or more are issued once the department has published a specific grant cycle.
- For information or questions regarding grants $5,000 or more please contact Tera Scherer at (602) 234-8415 or via email at [email protected]. Do not use this email to submit grant proposals; all proposals must be submitted through eCivis.
2015 VDF Grant Cycle $5,000 or more
Proposals are now being accepted through December 31, 2015.
- For detailed, step-by-step instructions on applying for a grant from the VDF Fund, please visit the online link here.
- Access the 2015 Arizona Department of Veterans' Services VDF Grant through eCivis Grants: Network online here.
Grants for $4,999.99 or less (Small Grant)
A Request for Grant Proposal of $4,999.99 and less can be downloaded in PDF format here. Small Grant Proposals are accepted throughout the year, dependent on availability of funding.
Applicants who have been awarded a grant from the fund (Large Grant or Small Grant) must be registered with ProcureAZ, which is the State of Arizona's procurement system.
- Register with ProcureAZ using the instructions located online HERE.
- Once registered, access the ProcureAZ system located online HERE.
- ProcureAZ Phone Support: (602) 542-7600. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm; voicemail after hours.
How can I directly support the Arizona Veterans Donation Fund?
- You can help by purchasing a Veteran or Freedom Arizona License Plate for an annual $25 fee, $17 of which goes directly to the ADVF. Click HERE or on the license plate icons at the bottom of any page on this website.
- You can make a tax-deductible charitable donation to the fund, making your check payable to Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund, and mailing your check to:
Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund
c/o Arizona Department of Veterans' Services
3839 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Is there someone I can speak to regarding AVDF grants?
Yes. Contact the VDF Grant Program Manager through one of these channels:
- Telephone (602) 234-8415
- Fax (602) 297-6687
- Email: [email protected]
- Regular mail:
Attn: VDF Grant Program Manager
Arizona Department of Veterans' Services
3839 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85012