Financial Resources

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Interest.com Online Banking Guide for Veterans

Military members move often. You need to have a portable financial portfolio that moves with you.  https://www.interest.com/personal-finance/guide-to-online-banking-for-military-members/ 

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What Does Military Friendly School Mean? Military friendly colleges or schools do more than take part in government benefits programs. They commit time, people and resources to the needs of military members and student vets.

www.educationconnection.com

More resources

A comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses.

Emergency financial resources courtesy of  Western Shamrock.

Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley: Emergency Impact Fund

 

Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler, WV; and Belmont and Jefferson, OH  

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s Emergency Impact Fund is accepting applications from organizations that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus in an unexpected loss of revenue or unexpected increase in expenses. Priority will be extended to organizations providing basic human needs.

Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio

 

Trumbull County, OH, and Lawrence and Mercer counties, PA

The COVID-19 Community Impact Funds support organizations that serve either Lawrence or Mercer counties, PA or Trumbull County, OH. Funding priorities include hunger, shelter/housing, mental health, access to health services, and assistance to programs that do not have access to government funding.

 

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio: Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund

The Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund makes grant awards to help nonprofit organizations in Appalachian Ohio whose resources are, and will continue to be, strained because of the COVID-19 crisis and need to expand and modify how they deliver services. Interests include, but are not limited to, health, social services, seniors, and children. Nonprofit organizations may share their needs by sending an email to the Foundation at listening@ffao.org.

 

Greater Toledo Community Foundation

The COVID-19 Response Fund supports area nonprofits in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan delivering critical services during this unprecedented time. Priority areas include immediate economic needs of economically vulnerable populations, the elderly and other high-risk populations, residents who are food insecure, and residents who have no medical insurance or who are underinsured.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati

For the greater Cincinnati Region, which includes the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio; Kenton, Campbell, Boone, and Grant counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana

 

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, a joint effort by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is designed to be responsive and flexible to address community needs of the most vulnerable during this pandemic. Current priorities include requests involving basic necessities and safety of families most impacted by COVID-19, such as food insecurity, housing/shelter, childcare, care of the elderly, and support for medical response.

savesmallbusiness.com.grant up to $5,000 for businesses 3-20 employees in vulnerable zip codes. The grant program can help meet short-term business needs. The qualifications and application can be found here:

 

Facebook small business grants: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

 

Hello Alice small business grants through Verizon

GrantWatch.com tracks grants available to nonprofits and small businesses.

U.S PIRG consumer guide - This guide has tips for how consumers can negotiate with their banks to lower interest rates, waive overdraft fees, and agree on payment plans to provide more financial peace of mind in the months to come.

American Income Life Insurance: If any AMVETS member purchased insurance from American Income Life and have been laid off, AIL will waive their premiums for up to three months. Once they return to work they DO NOT have to pay it back. Downloadable Layoff Waiver.

Access Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers - Resources for starting or maintaining a small business in Ohio: https://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_entrepreneurship.htm

Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program - The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program has been activated to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Please follow the links below to learn about eligibility guidelines and to apply for help as a Franklin County nonprofit organization. https://columbusfoundation.org/emergency-assistance-program-emergency-response-fund

 

Another list of grants for Non Profits, Individuals, Artists and Small Businesses.

Bartender Emergency Relief Fund  https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation - Crisis Relief Fund to assist restaurants/bars/kitchens with low interest loans and  to assist restaurant or kitchen workers out of work due to COVID-19. https://bit.ly/2WJRvxU

Southern Smoke Foundation - Houston chef Chris Shepherd’s Southern Smoke Foundation is accepting applications for funds from restaurants/bars and restaurant employees. https://southernsmoke.org/fund/

One Fair Wage - The OFW  has launched the OFW Emergency Fund. It will provide immediate cash assistance to restaurant employees, delivery workers, and other tipped workers in the food industry. https://ofwemergencyfund.org/

Unite Here Education and Support Fund - Unite Here, a labor union representing groups in the U.S. and Canada, has funds to help its 300,000 members with things like rent, groceries, health insurance, and lost wages. https://unitehere.org/

ROC Disaster Relief Fund - The nonprofit Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United has set a target of $500,000 for its emergency relief fund, which seeks to help documented and undocumented restaurant workers who lose their jobs during the pandemic. https://rocunited.org/relief/

KIVA - Provides funding opportunities for entrepreneurs where conventional lenders won’t.  https://www.kiva.org/borrow

 

United Way’s 211 hotline. Open 24/7. Or online at http://www.referweb.net/uwgc/

Resources for individuals and families

 

BlueStar Families COVID Military Support Program - The Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI)—a united, national platform to provide resources and expertise to support communities, states, and military families through this crisis. Ultimately, the mission of the CMSI is to share information, maintain engagement, and develop best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military receives the support it deserves. 

The American Red Cross has an app called HeroCare which allows access to vital emergency and non-emergency resources for military members, veterans and military families. Visit here for more information.

General housing advice and assistance for veterans

Modest Needs seeks to provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis. Information about applying for a grant can be found here.

 

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has a program for emergency funds. The application can be found here.

 

Salute, Inc. has a program for financial assistance. The application can be found here.

 

Semper Fi & America’s Fund has established a special COVID-19 response team to assist in a variety of ways, including gas cards, gift cards and more. Information may be found here.

 

USA Cares has several programs for veterans, including financial assistance. Information can be found here.

 

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care offers financial assistance. Information on their program can be found here.

 

Operation Home front offers a critical financial assistance program and information can be found here.

 

The Code of Support Foundation has a search engine for identifying a spectrum of resources available to veterans and can be found here.

 

Operation Once In A Lifetime has a Coronavirus Emergency Fund and information can be found here.

 

DISCLAIMER: At AMVETS Ohio, we strive to provide military-affiliated personnel and veterans with the most information and resources as possible. However, AMVETS Ohio does not endorse any entity listed on the page. These resources are listed for your information only and you would need to do your just diligence and research all resources on this page before using any of these services.