The American Legion offers grants through the Child Welfare Foundation, which also acts as the company’s corporate social responsibility arm. Since 1953, the Child Welfare Foundation has been receiving funding proposals from nonprofit organizations regarding projects that engage children physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally, says The American Legion.
The American Legion only gives grants to institutions that have enormous impact on U.S. children, especially in highly populated areas. The Child Welfare Foundation made its first disbursement in 1955 to Delinquency Control Institute, the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness and the National Association for Retarded Children, totaling $22,500. To this day, the Child Welfare Foundation has disbursed at least $13 million to different institutions nationwide.
As of December 2015, The American Legion in collaboration with The Home Depot Foundation is giving grants for improvement projects on home repairs for veterans in need. As such, The American Legion is hoping to weatherize windows, insulate attics, paint interiors and exteriors, install new ceiling tiles, and replace floors and fans for many veterans.
These grants are offered in two options: community impact grants and team depot grants, according to The American Legion. Community impact grants offer up to $5,000 loaded on The Home Depot gift cards. Team depot grants are primarily offered to volunteers who work with The Home Depot.