Philanthropy and baseball have more in common than you may think. The Welcome Back Veterans initiative is a combined effort of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball (MLB) to help returning service members transition back to civilian life. (See McCormick Foundation: Chicago Area Grants). While McCormick chipped in $2.5 million, MLB gave a whopping $10 million to the cause.
The Welcome Back Veterans grants will fund new programs and strategies to improve the quality of post-traumatic stress disorder for both veterans and their families. The funds will primarily focus on veterans returning from recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans can seek out these services at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, among others.
"Major League Baseball considers it both a privilege and a responsibility to honor and assist our troops in any way we can," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig in a recent press release. "We are proud to support this initiative, and we ask our fans to join us on Memorial Day and beyond in this effort to raise awareness and funds for this important cause." While MLB continues to gain all of the media attention for its contribution, McCormick is content with playing second fiddle. Out of the $2.5 million that McCormick funded, $1 million went towards services provided at the local Rush University Medical Center.
The McCormick Foundation includes a veteran program in its grant making strategy because Robert R. McCormick was a citizen-soldier who held a lifelong commitment to our nation's armed forces. If your nonprofit supports veterans returning home from active duty and focuses on young veterans in the Chciagoland area, you might have a good chance at a grant.
The veteran program’s focus is on three key areas: creating comprehensive services at the local level, investing in capacity building for nonprofits, and developing communities to identify best practices. Other 2013 veterans' program grantees in Chicago include the Albany Park Community Center, Chicago Workforce Investment Council, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.
To apply for a veterans program grant with McCormick, you'll need to be patient and keep checking their website for application details. McCormick solicits grantees through a request for proposals (RFP) process and at this time, there is no active RFP. Check McCormick’s grant making guidelines page frequently for updates about the next RFP process.