Grant Application

Grant Application
Chairman Richard Marbes engages with the dolphins of Island Dolphin Care (IDC) in Key Largo, Florida. IDC provides therapeutic and educational opportunities to ill and injured veterans through dolphin assisted programming.
Who We Are
Organized in 1986, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. It is exempt from tax under Title 26, U.S.C., Section 501(c)(3).

The Trust is dedicated to one, single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.


What We Do
The Trust is a grantmaker. The first grant was awarded in 1988. Grantmaking is targeted to not-for-profit entities located in the United States of America.

Programs supported by the Trust typically provide the following:
  • Food, Shelter, and other necessary items to homeless or at-risk veterans
  • Mobility items or assistance specific to veterans with blindness or vision loss; hearing loss; or amputations
  • Qualified therapeutic activities for veterans and/or their families
  • Physical and psychological rehabilitation projects
  • Other forms of assistance as needed

Priority is given to long-term service projects providing direct assistance to sick and injured veterans and their families. Grants are not typically awarded to:
  • Individuals
  • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals or dinner programs
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Endowments or capital campaigns

Funding decisions for the DAV Charitable Service Trust are made by the Board of Directors. We appreciate the opportunity to continue service for our nation's heroes.


How To Apply
The Trust will be accepting applications post-marked April 1, 2014 or later for the cycle ending April 20, 2014. To ensure your organization meets all of the required criteria, please refer to the guidelines prior to submission. Two copies of the complete application package must be submitted. All pending applicants will receive notification of the Board’s decision once the application has been reviewed.

Any applications received prior to April 1, 2014 will be discarded.

We appreciated your continued patience and understanding.



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