Military Heroes Program

Whether active duty or retired, our service members are pillars of their communities. Through our Military Heroes Program, the PenFed Foundation provides high impact grants that celebrate the leadership and selfless service of military members and support the transition from service to civilian life.

Supporting our heroes who supported us.

When there is a gap, we step in to make sure the individual and collective needs of our service members and their families are being met. We do this by forming partnerships with non-profit organizations working within our military communities and providing them with the financial assistance needed to conduct their important work.

Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and individuals through the three separate application processes outlined below.

High Impact Community Grant

Whether active duty or retired, our service members are pillars of their communities. Through our Military Heroes Program, the PenFed Foundation provides high impact grants that celebrate the leadership and selfless service of military members and support the transition from service to civilian life.

Our funding priorities are:

  • Successful civilian employment for veterans
  • Job training and employment for military spouses
  • Community leadership
  • Success and stability for military children

What qualifies for funding:

  • Grants may only be submitted by 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. You will need your organization’s EIN and IRS letter of determination as part of the application process.
  • Organizations must be in good standing with the IRS and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Applications should be for a specific project or program rather than general operating expenses.

Application Details:

  • Our application process is open, and you do not need an invitation to be considered.
  • Click here to start the process. You’ll create an account and submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) with a short description of your project. We’ll be in touch within two weeks of receiving your LOI with next steps for your proposal.
  • All requests for Military Heroes Grants must be submitted through our online portal. Proposals submitted via email, mail, or phone will not be considered.

Disaster Relief Grant

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the PenFed Foundation have partnered to support VA employees and Veterans who have been affected by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Declared Disaster. 

Military Heroes Individual Grant

Military Heroes Individual Grants are awarded to veterans, active military or military spouses for community leadership and successful employment expenses that they are unable to afford on their own.

“I would like to thank the Pen Fed Foundation for helping my daughter and myself in our time of need. The foundation really helped my family get back on our feet. Words cannot express how much we appreciate what this foundation has done for us.”

Previous Grant Recipients

Helping America’s heroes:
Our mission at work.