Passing the Torch Grant


American Widow Project’s Passing the Torch Grant was created to give military widow’s the opportunity to make a positive and direct impact in the communities they live in. Just as their heroes put service of our Nation above all else, this grant is a metaphorical ‘passing of the torch” in which military widows become beacons of hope to their corner of the world. The AWP will provide Grantee’s the funds and guidance to achieve a project that will enhance the well-being of their local community, citizens or environment (or all of the above combined!). We advocate for applicants to think outside the box or reach out to us for ideas/help during the draft of their proposal.

Examples of projects include but are not limited to:

  • Installing and maintaining a “Little Free Library” in an at-risk or low-income neighborhood.
  • Throwing a Veteran’s Day celebration at a local Senior Care Center and making monthly visits to converse with residents.
  • Creating a community garden and donating all grown food to local homeless shelters/food banks.
  • Work with your City Officials to plant trees/native plants in an area in need of greenery.
  • Adopt a stretch of highway that is regularly polluted and clean it monthly.
  • Sew comfort quilts for Hospice and Palliative Care patients.
  • Help a resident in your town that’s in need of a necessary renovation to enhance their quality of life (i.e.installing a wheelchair ramp, shower handles, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must have previously attended one of American Widow Project’s WidowU courses.
  • Applicant must provide a completed grant proposal following the guidelines provided by the AWP.*
  • If selected as a recipient. Grantee must provided photos and documented impact of their project to the AWP on a basis decided upon before project begins.

Applications will open soon! Click here to email with questions.