American Dream Grants


These wounded heroes have provided for our freedom. The least we can do is provide for their future.

Holidays for Heroes American Dream Grants, awards and scholarships guarantee our Heroes will have the chance – and the resources – to personally live the lives they fought for.

A hand up – not a hand out

From $2,500 to $25,000, American Dream Awards further education & training or small business start-ups for Heroes committed to building a future.  Grants for homestead handicap retrofits or down payments for a place to live relieve the pressures of providing a home for family, so a hero can focus on building their future.

Behind every hero there is a family who have loved, supported, and sacrificed. Holidays for Heroes seeks to support and empower each hero as a family unit. In so doing we fill a niche that is too often left unattended.

H4H Holiday experiences and American Dream Grants are funded by sponsors, foundations, private donations and by the annual H4H American Dream Tribute & Gala.

How you can help

Sponsor a hero – underwrite an American Dream Grant

Host a table at the annual Tribute & Gala Donate

Holidays for Heroes is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.



Success Stories

  • Mike McVay
    March 8, 2016

    Mike McVay

    A little about me: I am a 13 year Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. A little while after returning home from my deployment to Iraq in 2004-05, I decided to open my own business with hopes of being able to make people ...more
  • January 27, 2016


    Collectively, they’re a stunning example of recovery, strategy, musical skill and new invention; individually, these men can now thrive –thanks to the healing power of music! Some History Founder, Arthur Bloom once ...more
  • January 25, 2016

    Tim Donley

      This American Dream Grant underwrites, in part, Tim Donley's training and apprenticeship at SOAR – Special Operations And Recovery, a pilot program under the auspice of P.A.W.S. Assistance Dogs, a 501c3 not for ...more
  • BJ Ganem
    January 25, 2016

    BJ Ganem

    BJ and Sara PittzGanem opened Blue Heron in an iconic Main Street, USA building in Reedsburg, WI in 2014. THEIR CONCEPT “It’s important to us that our customers feel proud about how they spend their money. After all, they ...more
  • Jeff Lynch
    December 21, 2015

    Jeff Lynch

    “Even when you think you have it hard, someone always has it harder.” Jeff Lynch Jeff & Christy Lynch received their American Dream Grant to fund Christmas for military families caught in the pinch until medical retirement/b...more
  • January 1, 2015

    Davey Lind

    This grant funds a program hone this Hero’s motivational speaking skills and help fund a new Cross-fit franchise business venture. Retired since December 2009, David “Davey” Lind continues to contribute to the defense of the ...more
  • January 1, 2015

    Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith was granted funding for personal leadership development as well as his non profit work in India, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where he will be training leaders and helping build the infrastructure necessary to get ...more
  • January 1, 2015

    James Sheehan

    James Sheehan has an American Dream to build a nationally-known home inspection business. Holidays for Heroes has teamed up with Dennis Cunningham, a successful island home inspector, to mentor James as he walks the windy path to ...more
  • January 1, 2015

    MusiCorps - Recipient of the first American Dream Grant

    HFH’s first American Dream Grant went to Washington, DC’s MusiCorps, a music school and band with a unique approach to US veterans’ recovery and therapy. Here, one grant provides support for many. Join us for a Musicorp Band ...more