In 1831, Captain Stephen Driver, a ship master serving on
the brig Charles Dogget of Salem, Massachusetts, was poised
to leave his ship which had rescued the mutineers of the H.M.S.
Bounty. As he made his way to leave, he was presented with
an American flag, which at the time had 24 stars. As the flag
was unfurled for the first time and Driver beheld the sight,
he shouted in awe and reverence, "I name thee, Old Glory!"
and the phrase was coined for posterity. During the Civil
War, when Tennessee seceded from the Union, Confederates sought
out the flag to destroy it for they did not wish to have the
24-star flag, which included a star representing the State
of Tennessee, flown in defiance of their secession. Driver
safeguarded the flag, taking care that it was never defaced
or destroyed eventually raising it over the Tennessee capitol
building at the end of the Civil War.
The Thirteen-Fifty Foundation believes
that one of the ways to celebrate
and honor the American flag is to
treat it with the respect it deserves.
Citizens can do this by displaying
it properly and keeping it in presentable
condition. Oftentimes, educational
and other nonprofit organizations
do not have the funds with which
to replace a flag that has been
torn or tattered.
Sometimes, they do not have the funds to purchase items,
which would allow for the proper display of the flag. The
Old Glory Grant program provides financial support to institutions
wishing to replace and or/or display the American flag in
a manner, which honors and celebrates our nations time-honored
symbol of freedom.
To apply for an Old Glory Grant, please send a letter of
request from the organizations chief administrative officer
on official letterhead addressed to the "Old Glory Grant"
program. The letter should detail the nature of your request,
i.e. the type of flag(s) needed including the proper dimensions,
whether the flag will be displayed from a pole affixed to
a wall stand, poll cemented in the ground, or a portable floor
stand; whether it is for outdoor or indoor use; where it will
be displayed; why the flag needs to be replaced; and why the
flag has not been purchased previously by the requesting organization
why the need has not been filled. Also, please include
a letter documenting the organization's IRS 501 c 3 status.
Mail the request to:
3014 North Seminary
Chicago, IL 60657
Old Glory Grants
are not guaranteed and are based on availability of grant
funds and requesting organizations meeting the eligibility