The primary purpose of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) is:
- To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children and youth; to aid in research, programs, and activities that benefit the welfare of children and youth.
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation awards grants for one calendar year. All grant projects must be completed between January 1 - December 31 of the award year.
For an American Legion Child Welfare Foundation grant:
A program is considered an activity or set of activities that seek to achieve or complete specific objectives within a certain time that benefits the welfare of children and youth physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Research is considered an investigation or experimentation aimed at discovering and interpreting facts or revisions of accepted philosophies to create new or revised theories that benefit the welfare of children and youth physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. They are never awarded directly or indirectly to an individual for personal use.
- Grants are not for regular or day-to-day operating expenses, including office space costs, utilities, insurance, office equipment, advertising, salaries, benefits, fees, and taxes.
- Grants are not used to pay consultant salaries or fees.
- Grants must have the potential to help children nationally or at least in a large geographic area.
- Any one field of interest, such as health or social research, will not be allowed to dominate.
- Grants will not be given for brick-and-mortar construction of any type.
- Grants will not be given to match government funds.
- Grants are not used to defray school expenses for masters or doctoral candidates to perform research for degree requirements.
- The recipient must use grant funds within one calendar year (January 1- December 31); unless mitigating circumstances cause a delay in which a request for an extension of time may be presented to the Foundation for approval.
- Personal appearances before the Board of Directors to promote or clarify a grant by the grant application or associates is prohibited.
- Grants are not awarded for projects that seek to create or reproduce materials or mediums not in English.
Assisting the children of this great nation is the primary concern of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. CWF only funds programs that meet the essential criteria of direct benefit to the children of the United States, its territories, and its possessions.
Direct Inquiries to:
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206
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