Home Dept launches the 2019 Community Impact Grant

VFW National HQs - 3/2/2019

VFW Posts can receive up to $5,000 to fund repairs or construction projects at their Post building. There are of course are no guarantees to being funded, but several VFW Posts have been awarded this grant. To begin the process, clickhere
The application must be submitted online using the posted hyperlink. Telephone calls, emails or written submissions sent to Home Depot will NOT be accepted, nor will you be able to turn this application in at your local HD store. "HDGrantGuide2019” was emailed to all Commanders, Adjutants, and Quartermasters. We recommend reading that carefully before attempting to complete the application. National has tried to make the instructions as simple as possible using screen captures and by providing thorough descriptions of how to complete each field. Deviation from this guide could result in the applicant being unable to submit their request.
Home Depot has introduced a new requirement to completing the application. They now require a project budget, that must be submitted as a Microsoft Excel file. This new requirement is covered in-depth in the guide. We included the example of the budget in the same email as the guide.
Pay close attention to the Tax ID Instructions. You will use the Employee Identification Number (EIN) of your Post and upload the Post’s 501(c)(19) IRS determination letter at the end of the application. If you cannot locate the Post’s 501(c)(19) letter, follow the instructions below under "Lost IRS Determination Letter” on how to request a copy from the IRS. In previous years, The Home Depot Foundation has accepted the first page of the Post’s most recently filed IRS Form 990 tax document in lieu of the IRS determination letter. It is still a good idea to have a copy of your IRS letter, you may need to apply for other possible grants, but using your 990 should allow you to complete the application immediately.
If you receive funding it will come in the form of Home Depot gift cards that can be used to buy materials at your local HD store. You will need to recruit Post members and/or other community volunteers as the use of paid contractors to complete your project is not permitted. The project must be completed within six months. You will also be required to submit a final report. You must be willing to include stories and before-and-after photos of the project. Failure to do so will negatively impact your Post’s ability to receive any future funding from The Home Depot Foundation.
Should you have any questions and or concerns, please contact Jason Couch, VFW Foundation Grants Coordinator, directly at (816) 968-1174 or jcouch@vfw.org.