Howard Zinn Fund for Chapter Activities

The Howard Zinn Fund for Peace and Justice provides support to local chapters to start or to significantly develop ongoing local programs that produce substantive changes for the VFP mission. 

Two types of awards are made, depending on available funds:

  • Independent Awards between $500 and $2,000 will be given to Chapters to help support focused local projects that further the VFP mission.  Up to three Independent Awards may be given per calendar year, one every 4 months.
  • Partnership Award of up to $4,000 may be granted to exceptional projects that produce results that support the long-term mission of VFP.  These projects will be used to promote Veterans For Peace, increase fundraising, and raise the public’s awareness of VFP and our mission.  A maximum of one award may be given per calendar year.
  • Chapters interested in developing Zinn Fund projects should carefully examine the Project Guidelines as they plan their project and proposal.

Proposals will be submitted to the Executive Committee for consideration by completing the Howard Zinn Fund Grant Request and the Howard Zinn Grant Application.

After reviewing proposals the Executive Committee will determine which projects will receive awards.  There may be instances when no proposals are recommended for funding.  Priority is given to projects that are most likely to produce changes for peace and justice, that address national VFP priorities, that can serve as models for other VFP members or Chapters, and that can be used to publically promote the VFP mission.

Interested applicants should note:

  • Proposals are submitted by chapter project committees and must be approved by that chapter.
  • All grant recipients are required to provide matching funds of 25% of the total amount requested from the Zinn Fund.  In-kind costs such as volunteer time, office supplies, operational costs, project staff, volunteer costs, rental of facilities, equipment, furnishings, and utilities will not be considered as matching funds.
  • A final report must be submitted to the Executive Committee within two months of the completion of the project.  Any unused grant money will be returned to the Howard Zinn Fund.

Potential applicants should be aware that their proposed project is evaluated and compared with the others submitted for that review period. 

Chapters are urged to use the Zinn Fund Project Guidelines to plan and develop their projects.

Please help us build the VFP Howard Zinn Fund, so we can build the resources to support VFP peace and justice projects!

If you have questions about the Zinn Fund or the review process, please feel free to contact the:

Zinn Fund Committee