Charitable Investments Program

The Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in programs and organizations that support post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and the communities, caregivers, and care providers who support them.

Proposals must fall within one (or more) of our three core areas in order to be considered:

  • Education and Employment
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery
  • Quality of Life

Ideal partners are committed to finding innovative solutions and willing to potentially adjust the scope of their work to maximize impact.

Programs considered for funding must:

  • Demonstrate commitment and access to their target community;
  • Clearly articulate an understanding of the issue(s) to be addressed;
  • Verify U.S. nonprofit status;
  • Plan for program sustainability;
  • Exhibit appropriate scale to optimize impact and resources;
  • Demonstrate potential replicability to other organizations and/or locations
  • Establish planned and measurable program goals and outcomes;
  • Be evidence-based and/or supported by peer reviewed research
  • Collaborate with existing community resources and organizations; and
  • Provide solutions that complement services and resources provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition to investing in programs, the Bob Woodruff Foundation serves as a capacity-building resource, providing advice to help shape solutions and connecting people and organizations to encourage meaningful collaboration.

To learn about programs we have funded in the past, visit our Program Partners.

How to apply for funding:

We have recently streamlined our application procedure; please read carefully.

  • Review the criteria listed above. If your program does not fulfill these standards or does not have current status as a nonprofit, we will not be able to consider you for funding through the Charitable Investments Program.
  • If your program fits within our scope, we invite you to complete an initial proposal summary.
  • After you have submitted the proposal summary, please email your current 990 and supporting evidence to grants@bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
  • You will receive an email confirmation once your submission and requested materials have been received.

If your Proposal Summary fits within our current priorities, you will receive an invitation to submit a formal application through our electronic system.  This is an invitation-only process.

Proposals are reviewed and invitations are sent throughout the proposal summary period. Please submit as early as possible during the open proposal period. Proposals are reviewed and invitations are sent continuously throughout proposal period.

If your proposal will not be considered for funding at this time, you will receive notification by e-mail.

  • Over the course of the application process we will communicate regularly with potential grantees.
  • Being invited to submit an application does not guarantee funding.  We will always consider more proposals than we are able to fund.

If you are a 501(c)(3) organization (or have a sponsoring organization) and your program meets our guidelines, visit this page when the next cycle opens to begin your submission.

Spring Cycle 2017 is closed 

  • Decisions announced in early May

Fall Cycle 2017

  • The Fall Cycle is now open. To submit a proposal please click here.
  • Proposal summary period closes June 30, 2017 at 1700 EST. Decisions are announced in October 2017.

Should you have any additional questions, please email: grants@bobwoodrufffoundation.org