Charitable Investments Program

The Bob Woodruff Foundation invests in programs and organizations that support post-9/11 impacted service members, veterans, 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. IRS 501(c)(3) status;
  • Plan for program sustainability;
  • Exhibit a potential for replication or scale;
  • Establish planned and measurable program goals and outcomes;
  • Collaborate with existing community resources and organizations; and
  • Provide solutions that complement services and resources provided by the U.S. Department of Defense 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 Success Stories.

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 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, 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.
  • You will receive an email confirmation that your submission has 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.

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

  • While Proposal Summaries are accepted on a rolling basis, funding is offered bi-annually (Spring- June and Fall- October).
  • Over the course of the application process we will communicate regularly with potential grantees. We will connect applicants with other potential collaborators and work with them to advise/strengthen their plans regardless of whether or not we are able to grant them funding at this time.
  • 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.


Fall Cycle 2016 is now closed

  • Proposal summary submission deadline was July 5, 2016
  • Decisions announced in early November

Spring Cycle 2017 opens October 15, 2016

  • Proposal summary submission deadline is January 15, 2017
  • Decisions announced in early May

Should you have any additional questions, please email: