County Veterans May Be Eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Grants
CHASKA, MINNESOTA—Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature recently approved $6.2 million to provide $1,000 emergency grants to Minnesota veterans and their surviving spouses financially affected by COVID-19.
Starting Monday, April 6, veterans can apply for a Disaster Relief Grant, administered by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). In addition to the Disaster Relief Grant, veterans who have experienced a more significant impact may also apply for an MDVA COVID-19 Special Needs Grant. Carver County veterans should contact their County Veterans Service Officer (County VSO) for eligibility requirements and assistance with the grant application process at (952) 442-2323 or by email.
“We are encouraging any Carver County veteran or their spouse who is suffering financially from this public health crisis to contact our VSO,” said Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, a U.S. Army veteran. “We’re pleased the Governor and Legislature provided this support for veterans during this difficult time, and our County Veterans Services office can assist veterans in securing this grant money.”
Carver County Veteran Services employees continue to serve veterans, working remotely during the State’s stay home order, available for clients via phone, email, and virtual face-to-face meetings. “We’re open for business,” Dan Tengwall, the County’s Veteran Services Officer, said. “We stand ready to assist veterans that need access to this grant money during this difficult time.” The VSO staff anticipates hearing from veterans currently in the workforce, noting that many veterans qualifying for the grants may be newcomers to the office.
Tengwall encourages veterans and surviving spouses to have a copy of their DD214 and other supporting documents on hand for a quick grant process.
As the main point of contact for grant applications, County Veterans Service Officers can access a specially created portal to submit required documents and expedite the grant process. The Special Needs Grant must be filed through County Veteran Service Officer or MDVA, but the Disaster Relief Grant may be submitted directly by the Veteran or surviving spouse. Application materials are available at Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
To be eligible for the Special Needs or Disaster Relief Grants, Minnesota veterans or surviving spouses must Qualifies as Minnesota Veteran under Minnesota Statute 197.447, or is a surviving spouse of a Veteran AND meet one of the following criteria:
- Applicant or their legal dependent(s) have or had a confirmed case of COVID-19
- A healthcare provider has determined that the applicant presence in the workplace would jeopardize their own health or the health of others because of likely exposure to COVID-19, or has been told to quarantine by a medical professional
- A healthcare provider determined that the applicant’s health was jeopardized because of diagnosed underlying health condition(s) which would have put them at increased risk if exposed to COVID-19
- The applicant is or was under legal isolation or legal quarantine (Minn. Stat. 144.419) related to a diagnosis of COVID-19 or they are/were caring for a dependent under legal isolation or legal quarantine
- The applicant’s employer directs them not to report to work for COVID-19-related reasons
- The applicant’s workplace is closed for COVID-19-related health and safety reasons and applicant is excused from work duties and cannot be reassigned
- The applicant is financially impacted by a school or care provider closure due to COVID-19
For more information or to apply for one of these grants and other veteran’s benefits, contact Carver County Veteran Services at (952) 442-2323 or by email.