Program Eligibility and FAQs
We’re here to help. If you are in a difficult situation and need assistance, the first step is to determine if you qualify for assistance from the VtoV Fund. Some questions to ask include:
1) Am I a qualifying employee?
2) Do I have a qualifying event?
3) Are my expenses eligible?
While there is a vetting process to ensure eligibility for the program, the initial qualifiers are that simple. Let’s find out if you may be eligible based on these questions.
Who is a qualifying employee?
Eligible employees include:
● Active full-time and part-time employees
● Full-time and part-time employees on an approved leave of absence, FMLA, or short-term disability.
What are the eligible events?
Eligible events include:
● Personal disasters such as domestic violence and physical abuse, a house fire, etc.
● Non-Presidentially and Presidentially declared natural disasters including Hurricane, wildfires, floods, tornado, earthquake or other qualified natural disasters.
Significant damage must have occurred to your primary residence which impacts your ability to safely reside there for an extended period of time.
What are the eligible expenses?
Some examples of eligible expenses include:
● Disaster-related evacuation expenses such as food and clothing
● Essential household goods
● Housing-related assistance, including, but not limited to, reasonable repairs, mortgage and rent payments
● Transportation repairs and replacement (not to include routine maintenance)
● Funeral and burial expenses related to an eligible event
What are ineligible expenses?
The following are examples of expenses that DO NOT qualify for assistance:
● Lost compensation due to reduced hours or missed time from work
● Credit card or personal loan debt
● Elective medical procedures, expenses or denied health insurance claims
● Insurance premiums or items covered by insurance policies
● Routine automobile/home repair or those due to deferred maintenance
In order to receive assistance due to a disaster, you must not be able to reside in your home for an extended period of time due to damages. Eligible expenses will tie directly to the disaster and may include repairs and replacement costs.
If you are requesting assistance with a personal hardship, income guidelines may apply. Please review the income criteria here.
The event and expenses must have occurred after the applicant's hire date and within 12 months of the eligible event's occurrence. For short-term evacuation expenses related to a catastrophic disaster, an employee must submit the request for assistance within 45 days of the event’s occurrence. Requested assistance for expenses must tie directly to the related event and appropriate documentation is required.
While the maximum grant award for an event is up to $5,000 USD per a 12-month period, grant amounts vary based upon the need and expenses requested for each eligible event.
How to Apply
Step 1: Click the apply button - Create an online account or log in (if you have already created an account) to access the application page, complete the application with the requested information.
Step 2: Submit your application - Complete the requested information and upload the required supporting documentation and submit for review.
Step 3: Breathe easier - A grant specialist will review your application and contact you if more information is required.
What Happens Next?
Once your application is received, you will receive a notification confirming your application has been submitted. If additional information is necessary to move forward, you will receive an email outlining what documentation our team needs. Upon receipt of all supporting documentation, a grant specialist will review and make a decision regarding your request. If approved, a grant distribution will be made based on your payment preference selected in the application. Check back daily to see the progress of your application as it moves through the review process.