Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund - Grants
Current VDF Update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services has paused awarding any Veterans' Donation Fund grant applications. This action may only be temporary in nature. AZDVS is currently engaged in financial forecasting to determine future use of appropriated funding.
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.
If you are seeking individual financial assistance, please go here for information about the Military Family Relief Fund.
If you are seeking grants to assist with starting a Veteran-Owned small business please visit Small Business Administration: Veteran-Owned Businesses here.
How can my organization apply for grants from the Veterans Donation Fund?
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) is issuing this memorandum to all potential applicants for Veterans Donation Fund (VDF) grants for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. ADVS is focused on ensuring that applications address social determinants of health (SDOH) for Arizona Veterans. Applications must pertain to at least ONE of the categories of SDOH which includes: basic needs, employment, family and social support, finances and benefits, higher education, housing and homelessness, legal, mental health and substance abuse, physical health, and spirituality. ADVS encourages all VDF applicants to submit grant applications that address upstream prevention so that Veterans and their families do not escalate into a crisis. Applications that propose to provide direct services for Veterans will be prioritized over applications that provide indirect services to Veterans. Direct services are defined as services being provided for and for the benefit of the individual Veteran. For example, assistance with paying past due rent and/or utilities. Indirect services are not intended to provide services for the direct benefit of the individual Veteran. For instance, requesting funding to conduct a study to understand Veteran homelessness is an indirect service. The study itself does not affect a Veteran experiencing homelessness, but could provide insight into direct services that could be provided that would affect a homeless veteran's housing outcome. AZDVS intends to award $200,000 in VDF small grants and $1,000,000 in VDF large grant awards for FY 2023-2024, for a total of $1,200,000.
VDF Grants of $4,999.99 or less (Small Grant)
A VDF Small Grant application can be downloaded in fillable-PDF format below:
Small Grant Proposals must be accompanied by a Budget Worksheet. For your convenience, a VDF Budget Template is below:
- 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) Click here to apply
All Requests for Grant Proposals of $5,000 - $75,000 must be submitted through eCivis, a cloud-based grants management system.
Proposals will be accepted from Friday, November 3, 2023 beginning at 3:00pm through Friday, December 22, 2023, ending at 5:00pm. For detailed instructions on applying for a grant from the VDF Fund using eCivis please review the application submission process attached with the RFGP. For reference, eCivis “Grant Application Submission” Guide is available here: https://grants.az.gov/grants-and-ecivis-resources/ecivis-user-guides
For information or questions regarding grants of $5,000 or more please contact the VDF Program Manager at (602) 234-8429 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.
Important VDF Links (click each to download)
- VDF Arizona State Statute §41-608 - about the statute
- VDF Donation Information- how to donate
- VDF Small Grant Application 2023-2024_Fillable
- VDF Grant Recipient Expectations_Reporting and Amendments.pdf
- VDF Grant Contract Amendment Request_2023 Fillable.pdf
- (EXAMPLE) Small Grant Proposal_ Example Organization (with Budget)
Is there someone I can speak to regarding ADVS grants?
Yes. Contact the VDF Grant Program Manager through one of these channels:
- Telephone: (602) 234-8429
- 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