Grants

Category Veterans

2017 $112,000

A Safe Haven

Project Title
Veteran Stand Down
Amount
$10,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Chicago, IL

A Safe Haven is a non-profit social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. The grant supports ASH’s fourth annual Veteran Stand Down. The event provides approximately 500 homeless and at-risk veterans with breakfast, lunch, military surplus goods, clothing, footwear, and supportive services (Haircuts, eye exams, medical screenings, employment services, etc.).

Angelic Organics Learning Center

Project Title
Veteran Beginning Farmer Project
Amount
$40,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Caledonia, IL

Since 1998, Angelic Organics Learning Center has helped build sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. This grant will fund the second year expansion of Angelic Organics’ service model specifically to U.S. veterans. The goal of the Veteran Beginning Farmer project is to leverage the resources of the most innovative farmer-led farmer training programs in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for the benefit of veterans. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn about farming, to create a business plan to launch their farm businesses, gain access to capital and financial training, and work apprenticeships at operating farms.

BraveHearts

Project Title
Trail to Zero
Amount
$30,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Harvard, IL

BraveHearts provides innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies in support of children, adults, and our military veterans. Located in Harvard and Poplar Grove Illinois, BraveHearts has the largest horse program in the country for military veterans; all veterans receive services at no cost. In 2016, BraveHearts provided 12,962 equine sessions to 639 veterans from across the country. Through collaboration with equestrian and US Gold Medalist Aaron Ralston and the NYPD mounted police, a team of BraveHearts staff and veterans completed a 22-mile trail ride in New York City. The ride brought awareness of the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day in the U.S. while also raising funds for the BraveHearts veterans program.

Horsefeathers

Project Title
Veteran Work Placement
Amount
$15,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Lake Forest, IL

Horsefeathers provides high quality Equine Assisted programs including horsemanship/adapted riding programs for children and young adults with special needs, and hippotherapy and psychotherapy services. Following a conversation with the vocational rehabilitation counselors from the Lovell Veterans’ Administration in North Chicago, the organization decided to explore how it might also assist the local military veteran population. Veterans served typically have barriers that prevent them from successfully obtaining and maintaining employment (mental health issues, physical impairments, age, criminal backgrounds, poor and sporadic work histories, etc.) Funding supports the placement of veterans at the Horsefeathers facility. The veteran receives a work environment and experience.

Kids Rank

Project Title
Chicago Program Expansion
Amount
$7,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Highland Park, IL

Kid’s rank provides military children with a sense of stability through interactive group learning experiences and community service. Through the formation of local clubs, Kids Rank engages children in hands-on skill building projects and volunteer opportunities designed to encourage resilience. These military children serve their communities just as their parents serve (or have served) our country. This grant provides funding for a pilot program expansion in the city of Chicago’s Hope Manor II facility. Hope Manor if one of the first large scale supportive housing developments specifically designed for Veterans with families.

Salute, Inc.

Project Title
Emergency Financial Assistance
Amount
$10,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2017
Location
Palatine, IL

Salute, Inc. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Military members served are currently experiencing the effects of the economic challenges our country is facing along with reentry to civilian life, unemployment in many instances caused by PTSD, physical injuries, and emotional issues, all due to their military service. As well, many experience delayed benefits from the enormous VA backlog. Financial assistance includes delinquent rent, tax bills, food counseling, medical bills, phone and utility, car payment, out-patient transportation, insurance, etc. All payments are made to vendors (not directly to veterans) and cases managed by experienced volunteer counselors.

2016 $50,000

BraveHearts

Project Title
Operation Mustang
Amount
$25,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2016
Location
Harvard, IL

BraveHearts provides innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies in support of children, adults, and our military veterans. Operation Mustang is a program where veterans work with and gentle wild mustangs. Participants may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other issues associated with a return from active service. Veterans learn horsemanship skills and techniques on how to gentle a wild horse. The mustang often serves as a mirror times 10 of the veteran. Veterans are able to relate to the horse’s lack of trust and readjustment to their new “normal”.

Funding provides travel and related support for military veterans participating in Operation Mustang as part of Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Funding also supports the sponsorship – care and feeding- of one mustang so that Operation Mustang may be offered to additional veterans.

BraveHearts provides innovative equine-assisted activities and therapies in support of children, adults, and our military veterans. Operation Mustang is a program where veterans work with and gentle wild mustangs. Participants may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other issues associated with a return from active service. Veterans learn horsemanship skills and techniques on how to gentle a wild horse. The mustang often serves as a mirror times 10 of the veteran. Veterans are able to relate to the horse’s lack of trust and readjustment to their new “normal”.

Funding provides travel and related support for military veterans participating in Operation Mustang as part of Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Funding also supports the sponsorship – care and feeding- of one mustang so that Operation Mustang may be offered to additional veterans.

Horsefeathers

Project Title
Veteran Work Placement
Amount
$15,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2016
Location
Lake Forest, IL

Horsefeathers provides high quality Equine Assisted programs including horsemanship/adapted riding programs for children and young adults with special needs, and hippotherapy and psychotherapy services. Following a conversation with the vocational rehabilitation counselors from the Lovell Veterans’ Administration in North Chicago, the organization decided to explore how it might also assist the local military veteran population. Veterans served typically have barriers that prevent them from successfully obtaining and maintaining employment (mental health issues, physical impairments, age, criminal backgrounds, poor and sporadic work histories, etc.) Funding supports the placement of veterans at the Horsefeathers facility. The veteran receives a work environment and experience.

Salute, Inc.

Project Title
Emergency Financial Assistance
Amount
$10,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2016
Location
Palatine, IL

Salute, Inc. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Military members served are currently experiencing the effects of the economic challenges our country is facing along with reentry to civilian life, unemployment in many instances caused by PTSD, physical injuries, and emotional issues, all due to their military service. As well, many experience delayed benefits from the enormous VA backlog. Financial assistance includes delinquent rent, tax bills, food counseling, medical bills, phone and utility, car payment, out-patient transportation, insurance, etc. All payments are made to vendors (not directly to veterans) and cases managed by experienced volunteer counselors.

2015 $45,000

A Safe Haven

Project Title
Veteran Affordable Housing Project
Amount
$10,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2015
Location
Chicago, IL

A Safe Haven is a non-profit social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. The grant will support the organization’s new Veteran Village which broke ground in Melrose Park in 2015. The project, which is expected to be completed by August, 2016, will provide housing for returning veterans and create 35 uniquely designed supportive housing units for veterans and their families.

Angelic Organics Learning Center

Project Title
Veteran Beginning Farmer Project
Amount
$20,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2015
Location
Caledonia, IL

Since 1998, Angelic Organics Learning Center has helped build sustainable local food and farm systems through experiential education and training programs in partnership with rural and urban people. This grant will fund the first expansion of Angelic Organics’ service model specifically to U.S. veterans. The goal of the Veteran Beginning Farmer project is to leverage the resources of the most innovative farmer-led farmer training programs in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for the benefit of veterans. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn about farming, to create a business plan to launch their farm businesses, and to gain access to capital and financial training.

Salute, Inc.

Project Title
Emergency Financial Assistance
Amount
$15,000
Category
Veterans
Year
2015
Location
Palatine, IL

Salute, Inc. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Military members served are currently experiencing the effects of the economic challenges our country is facing along with reentry to civilian life, unemployment in many instances caused by PTSD, physical injuries, and emotional issues, all due to their military service. As well, many experience delayed benefits from the enormous VA backlog. Financial assistance includes delinquent rent, tax bills, food counseling, medical bills, phone and utility, car payment, out-patient transportation, insurance, etc. All payments are made to vendors (not directly to veterans) and cases managed by experienced volunteer counselors.

Total: $207,000