On Feb. 25, 1946, Gov. Harry Kelly signed Public Act 9 into law, creating the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund from $50 million in post-World War II reserve funds. Since then, the MVTF has helped veterans of every era overcome unexpected expenses ranging from utility bills to home repairs to mortgage assistance and get back on their feet financially.
The Emergency Grant Program is intended to help veterans overcome an unforeseen situation causing a temporary or short term financial emergency or hardship that a grant will resolve and the applicant can demonstrate the ability to meet future expenses.
To apply for emergency funds from the MVTF, veterans should contact the MVTF county committee serving the county where you reside or fill out and submit an Emergency Assistance Form.
Applications for assistance are reviewed and decided upon by committees appointed by the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board of Trustees. Appeals and reviews are sent to the board for consideration at their monthly meeting. The seven-member board is appointed by the Governor, and has constitutional authority over Emergency Grant Program expenditures and policies.
MVTF Board of Trustees
Chairperson: James Dempsey, Disabled American Veterans
Vice Chairperson: Thomas Smith, Independent
Edward H. Hirsch, DDS, Independent
Carol Hebert, AMVETS
Jill R. Mathews, Independent
Paul McIvor, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Barry Wood, American Legion