Emergent need is defined to mean an unforeseen circumstance causing a temporary, financial emergency or hardship that a grant will resolve. The key factor in determining whether or not a grant is approved is the ability of the applicant to manage the obligation for which aid is requested after a grant is made. If there is no reasonable expectation that the grant would enable the applicant to resume his/her financial responsibility, then a grant does not meet policy.
Grant programs to assist Michigan veterans:
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) is a state funded grant that falls under Public Act 9 of 1946. This grant fund was created from $50 million post-WWII reserve funds. Applications for assistance are reviewed and decided upon by committees appointed by the MVTF Board of Trustees.
To be eligible, you must be a resident of Michigan and Macomb County; discharged under honorable conditions; served 180 days of active wartime service or have been awarded an Expeditionary Medal.
Wartime service shall include conflicts as defined in 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 3.2.
- WWI: April 6, 1917 – November 1, 1918
- WWII: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
- Korea: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
- Vietnam: February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
- Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 – present
Veteran Relief Fund (Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Relief Commission) was established by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners pursuant to section 35.622 of PA 192 of 1953. The Veterans Services Department, under the direction of the Macomb County Veterans Services Committee, administers this County funded program.
To be eligible, you must be a resident of Michigan and Macomb County for at least six (6) months; discharged under honorable conditions; have served one (1) day of active duty during eligible wartime service (see above) or twenty-four (24) months active duty during peacetime.
Some veterans seeking assistance through the Veteran's Relief Fund must also contact a Veteran Financial Coach.