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 Evidence-based therapeutic activities for veterans and/or their families
  • Physical and psychological rehabilitation projects
  • Education, training and career-readiness
  • 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 for:
  • Individuals
  • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals or dinner programs
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • Pilot or newly established initiatives

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 for the April 2017 grant cycle during the period of April 3rd to April 20th. At the beginning of the cycle, a link to the electronic form will be available for submission of your request.

Please note that all applications should abide by the application instructions provided. Applications will not be accepted by postal mail.

Please contact a member of the DAV Charitable Service Trust’s team at (859) 441 – 7300, x3317 for more information.



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