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COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Veterans

7/30/2020 8:00:00 AM

On March 26, 2020, the Minnesota State Legislature voted to fund a special appropriation to assist Veterans who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Specific Programs have been activated specifically in response to mitigate the economic effects COVID-19 is having on our Veterans and their families. These programs can close at any time without notice due to the exhaustion of approved funding. Status updates will be posted here regarding the status of these programs. All of the grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and the amount of grants awarded is limited to the length of existing funding.

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant


/mdva/resources/familyassistance/disasterrelief.jspCOVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant. Program Status: Opens. Now processing applications received on: July 20. Apply online.MN Statute 197.447, and
  • A Minnesota Resident, and
  • Have been negatively financial impacted by COVID-19.
    * Note: Two Veterans married to each other are both authorized to apply for and receive the disaster relief grant.

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant application status
The MDVA team is working as quickly as possible to process the applications for the COVID-19 grants. Some applicants have already received their checks. We have received more than 4,000 applications to date and our current processing date is noted above.

As applications are uploaded into our system, we send an email to applicants to confirm that step has been completed. If we need any additional information to support your application, we will email you. Thank you for your patience while the MDVA COVID-19 team works diligently to input and process the applications.

The current estimated processing time is approximately 21 business days.

Application Resources:

  • /mdva/assets/2020-04-03-covid-19-disaster-relief-overview_tcm1066-426398.pdfProgram Overview Document
  • /mdva/assets/mdva-1a%20-application-for-disaster-relief_tcm1066-426402.pdfCOVID-19 Disaster Relief Application
  • Application Portal (Note: The application portal is not currently compatible with Internet Explorer)

Visit our /mdva/resources/familyassistance/disasterrelief.jspDisaster Relief Grant page for more details and application information. 


COVID-19 Special Needs Grant


/mdva/resources/familyassistance/specialneedsgrant.jspCOVID-19 Special Needs Grant. Program Status: Open. Now processing applications recieved on: July 22. Apply through your county veterans service officer.The purpose of the COVID-19 Special Needs Grant is to provide one-time financial assistance to a Veteran or surviving spouse who needs assistance due to a COVID-19-related event. Any funding awarded from this grant would go directly to a vendor or creditor of the applicant, and no money awarded goes directly to an applicant or an applicant's family member.

Applications for the COVID-19 Special Needs Grant must be dated no earlier than March 13, 2020. A closing date for the COVID-19 Special Needs Grant is subject to the length of the peacetime emergency declared by the Governor of the State of Minnesota, and the funding available.

To qualify for the COVID-19 Special Needs Grant, applicants must be:

  1. A Veteran or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased veteran as defined by MN Statute 197.447
  2. A Minnesota Resident, and  
  3. Have been negatively financial impacted by COVID-19.
    *Note: two Veterans married to each other are only authorized one COVID-19 Special Needs Grant.

Covered by COVID-19 Special Needs Grant: utility bills, auto insurance, rent/mortgage/contract for deed, security deposit, medical bills, auto loan payment, auto repairs, furnace/AC unit, home repairs (related to habitability).

Application Resources:

  • /mdva/assets/2020-04-03-covid-19-special-needs-grant-overview_tcm1066-426399.pdfCOVID-19 Special Needs Grant Overview Document
  • Contact your CVSO

Visit our /mdva/resources/familyassistance/specialneedsgrant.jspSpecial Needs Grant page for more details and application information.



Other Programs

The State Soldiers Assistance Program (SSAP) typically provides seven different programs year-round that are not tied to our COVID-19 response. Although they are not specifically intended to assist with our COVID-19 response, SSAP programs may be helpful to any Veteran or dependent who may have been affected by COVID-19.

Special Needs Grant

The purpose of the Special Needs Grant is to provide one-time financial assistance to a Veteran or surviving spouse to assist in their financial crisis and to promote stability and prevent homelessness.

Special Needs Grants are open year round. To qualify for a Special Needs Grant, applicants must be:

  1. A Veteran or the surviving spouse of a deceased Veteran as defined by MN Statute 197.447.
  2. A Minnesota Resident.
    * Note: Two Veterans married to each other are entitled to their own separate Special Needs Grants

Application Resources:

Learn more at our /mdva/resources/familyassistance/specialneedsgrant.jspSpecial Needs Grant page.

Subsistence Assistance (Short Term Disability)

Subsistence Assistance provides financial assistance for up to six months to a Veteran or surviving spouse when they are disabled and prevented from working at their usual/normal occupation for at least 30 days, or without a disabling medical condition within one year of the Veterans death.

Subsistence Assistance is available year round, and provides help with:

  1. Shelter associated payments (rent / mortgage / room & board / property taxes / association dues / homeowners’ insurance).
  2. Utility Assistance (i.e. electric, gas, propane, water, sanitation/sewer, etc.).
  3. Healthcare Premiums
  4. Personal Needs Funds (Cash grant).

Application Resources:

Learn more at our /mdva/resources/familyassistance/financialassistance.jspSubsistence Assistance page.

Important Message

We understand that many County Veterans Service Offices are currently closed or operating at a reduced capacity and that situations around the state are changing daily. If you are in need of assistance with applying for any of our programs and you cannot receive assistance from your County Veterans Service Officer our Field Operations Team has staff standing by and ready to assist you. They can be reached at FO.MDVA@state.mn.us.

The /mdva/assets/2020-04-08-covid-19-faq_tcm1066-427328.pdfCOVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions document is also available if further information is needed.

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