American Legion Child Welfare Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation broadly funds organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of children across the United States.

IP TAKE: This foundation typically funds projects that cover a multi-state area, so single-community or single-state grantseekers are unlikely to receive funding.

PROFILE: Established in the mid-1950s, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created by the American Legion, but it is a separate nonprofit entity. The foundation describes itself as “a repository of funds from individuals who wish to contribute to the betterment of children in this country.” Its main priority is to “contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth.”

Any organization concerned with the mental health of children and young people may seek funding from the CWF. The foundation focuses on organizations improving the well-being of children in two ways: “the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth,” and “the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.” Past disease-related grantees include Children’s Organ Transplant Association, National Autism Association, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the U.S.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Visit the foundation’s Current Grants page for more information on the kinds of organizations it supports.

CWF only awards project-related grants and does not make awards for general operating expenses. The application period is open from from May 1 to July 15 of each year, and grant decisions are typically made by mid-October.


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