Memorial Day 2024. Honoring Our Heroes.

As we commemorate Memorial Day, we reflect on the bravery, courage, and sacrifices made by the Military, Veterans, and Gold Star families. This day is more than a reminder of the cost of freedom but also a call to action for communities and organizations to support those who have served and continue to serve our nation and honor the memory of those brave soldiers who passed before them. At GrantWatch, we are proud to highlight and support the incredible work done by nonprofits and others dedicated to our heroes.

Our Commitment and Gratitude

In honor of Memorial Day, GrantWatch directs your attention to the 200 grants in its Veterans and Military grant category.

At GrantWatch, we are deeply grateful for the sacrifices made by our military personnel, veterans, and Gold Star families. Their dedication and bravery inspire us to support the organizations that serve them. As a token of our appreciation, we are offering a 5% rebate for nonprofits serving these groups on our $199 subscription. To take advantage of this offer, make a purchase through June 1st, 2024, and send the receipt and verification of military status to prior to June 15, 2024.

How Did Memorial Day Begin?

The American Civil War killed more than 600,000 service members — both Union and Confederate — between 1861 and 1865. There’s little controversy over the first national observance of what was then called Decoration Day. The holiday stems from the American Civil War, which killed more than 600,000 service members — both Union and Confederate — between 1861 and 1865.

There’s little controversy over the first national observance of what was then called Decoration Day. It occurred May 30, 1868, after an organization of Union veterans called for decorating war graves with flowers, which were in bloom. The practice was already widespread on a local level. Waterloo, New York, began a formal observance on May 5, 1866, and was later proclaimed to be the holiday’s birthplace.

What Memorial Day Means to Those Who Have Served

“Memorial Day is important to me because I honor those who have sacrificed their lives and their family’s lives in pursuit of freedom,” said Army veteran Edwin Martinez. U.S. Marine Corps veteran. David Daly also holds Memorial Day close to his heart: His words encourages all of us to look beyond the day off and remember the bravery of the men and women who served. “It has been said that one of the greatest tragedies is to be forgotten,” said David Daly. “While these brave souls have passed in service, their memory is honored on Memorial Day to remind us that we had the privilege of existing on the same plane as them, if only for a moment. (,”What is Memorial Day? Facts, Meaning, and History“)

In honor of Memorial Day 2024, below is a list of grants and other funding opportunities for projects and programs for veterans and military service members.

Veterans and Military Grants

  1. Grants to tribal governments, local and state governments, and courts for programs to support veterans struggling with addiction. Required registrations will take several weeks to complete. Funding supports programs that provide Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) and criminal justice professionals with the resources they need to plan, implement, enhance, and sustain court-issued or evidence-based treatment programs for veterans with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) involved in the criminal justice system. This aims to reduce recidivism, increase access to treatment and recovery support, and help prevent overdoses.
  2. There are grants to nonprofit institutions and organizations for medical research projects related to spinal cord injuries/diseases. Funding areas include laboratory and clinical research, technology design and development, and fellowships for postdoctoral researchers. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries and/or diseases.
  3. In addition, grants to eligible nonprofits for construction projects to benefit homeless veterans. Furthermore, while there will be consideration for rural areas, priority is for projects in large metropolitan areas with a dense population of veterans.
  4. Grants to eligible nonprofits to benefit local residents. Funding is for projects and activities with focus areas including veterans, food and nutrition, disabled individuals, and young people.
  5. There are grants to nonprofits to improve the lives of at-risk military veterans and their families. Funding supports a range of services and programs, including therapeutic and recreational activities, and career training and education. Finally, funding also supports rehabilitation programs, shelters for the homeless, and mobility supplies.
  6. Also, grants to eligible nonprofit, and veterans, schools, hospitals, and volunteer fire departments for activities to create/sustain thriving communities. Funding is for programs and projects focusing on workforce development, education, poverty, and the environment.

Additional Veterans and Military Grants, and In-kind Donations

  1. To begin, in-kind donations of volunteer services to nonprofits, government entities, community and faith-based organizations, and schools for community service projects. The program strengthens communities and develops leaders by implementing team-based community service projects in the areas of veterans and military families, and education. The projects will also focus on the environment, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and disaster recovery.
  2. There are grants to conservation groups, tribes, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals for land conservation projects near military installations. Funding is to limit incompatible land development near military installations that would negatively impact the military mission. The program will also enhance military installation resilience to climate change or extreme weather events.
  3. In addition, grants to nonprofits, government agencies, Tribes, and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) for humanities programs related to wars/conflicts. Required registrations will take one month to complete. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war. The belief is that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about war and military service.
  4. Lastly, grants to eligible nonprofits to provide medical-services for veterans. Funding is for treatments and programs for service-related physical and mental injuries. Focus areas will include physical recovery and brain health, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). In addition, focus areas will also include veteran leadership, military families, and suicide prevention. Programs and services will be provided at no cost to active duty service members or veterans to address mental and physical recovery from combat-related injuries.


This Memorial Day, let us honor and remember the heroes who have given so much for our country. By supporting the nonprofits that serve them, we can ensure that their sacrifices are never forgotten and that they receive the help and support they deserve. Explore the grants available on GrantWatch and join us in making a difference in the lives of military personnel, veterans, and Gold Star families.

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