American Legion Child Welfare Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation takes a broad approach to disease-related grantmaking and prefers to support a variety of disease-related organizations and causes.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should note that this funder seeks organizations that help children across a large geographic area.

PROFILE: Founded in the mid-1950s, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was established by the American Legion. The foundation, however, remains separate from the American Legion. The American Legion Child Welfare foundation seeks “to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children across this nation.” The foundation ultimately aims to ensure the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children in the United States.

While the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation does not indicate specific disease grantmaking programs or priorities, it supports a variety of disease-related organizations and causes. For instance, past grantees include Childhood Leukemia and Children’s Brain Tumor foundations.

It awards grants typically between $10,000 and $50,000 for project specific purposes only. The foundation does not make general operating support grants. The foundation offers grants for one year, which must be completed between January 1 and December 31. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations this funder backs, explore its current and past grants awarded. The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from May 1 to July 1 of each year. Grant decisions are typically made by mid-October. Applications can be downloaded (PDF) from the foundation’s website.

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