Military Heroes Program

The Military Heroes Program provides high-impact financial assistance to meet the needs of our military community. We work to prevent a significant crisis or improve quality of life for active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families.

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.

Want to partner with us?

In 2022, the PenFed Foundation awarded grants totaling $1.4 million to our Military Heroes and families who sacrificed so much to defend our nation.

or email us to discuss how we can work together.

The grant application will reopen on October 2nd, 2023. Please check back for new priorities.

The Military Heroes Program will accept grant applications for two purposes:

High-Impact Project Grants to Non-Profit Organizations

The Military Heroes Program funds projects that have a significant positive impact on service members, Veterans, military families, and caregivers. Projects may focus on a specific military community or more broadly across the entire military family.

  • Projects must be time-limited and have a specific start and end date.
  • Applications should be for a specific project rather than general operating expenses.
  • Grants may only be submitted by 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
  • The application should include:
    1. How many Veterans or military service members will benefit from the project.
    2. How beneficiaries will learn about your project and sign up to participate.
    3. The long-term quantifiable impacts of the project.
    4. How the project will communicate the PenFed Foundation’s support to program participants and the public.
    5. How the PenFed Foundation can work with your organization to document the project.

Emergency Assistance for an Individual or Family

The Military Heroes Program offers a small number of grants that provide financial assistance to a Veteran, military member, or their family or caregiver who may be experiencing an unforeseen emergency with life changing consequences. For example, a beneficiary dealing with a service-related injury, a medical challenge faced by spouse or child, impact of a natural disaster, or other emergency.

  • Applications must be submitted by a partner organization. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.
  • Nominating organizations can include Veteran service organizations or other 501(c)3s, VA facilities, or military support staff.
  • Grants for individuals should be for $10,000 or less and should detail the specific assistance needed.
  • Only a few grants will be available each round.


“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.